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Don’t let apathy win the day!

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HAVE you submitted your comments on Warrington Borough Council’s Local Plan and Transport Plan – if not why not? – This will shape the future of our town and impact not just our lives but those of future generations.

It is certainly worrying when you hear the former head of the town’s planning department describing the Local Plan as “flimsy” and urging people to challenge and question it, especially the proposed development of our Green Belt, which is exactly what John Groves did, when I attended a recent event organised by residents’ groups and local parish councils.

While Mr Groves has been employed by parish council’s in the south to challenge the Local Plan, especially the development of Green Belt, he is certainly an “expert” and knows the planning process better than most.

We mustn’t let apathy win the day – as it did when a proposed event for the local business community was cancelled due to lack of interest – apparently I was one of the few who responded an interest to attend!

Whatever our council decide your views will count when the whole plan comes before a Government Inspector at a future date.

So please don’t let apathy win the day – make your voices heard and let Warrington Borough Council know exactly how you feel about their Local Plan which many say is not fit for purpose.

You have until 5pm Monday June 15 to lodge your comments/objections.

Meanwhile congratulations to the Local Parish Councils and residents’ groups who have come together to put forward a “professional” team to ensure no stone is left unturned in the bid to protect our precious Green Belt for future generations to enjoy.

While this group has come together in the South the Local Plan impacts on our whole town so please don’t adopt a NIMBY attitude – everybody needs to work together to ensure whatever future developments take place have the right infrastructure with the least impact on our environment. There has been some excellent campaigning going on in the North at Peel Hall to help protect the last green lung in the area, while over in Culcheth, Croft and Glazebury, campaigning is ongoing to save the Green Belt.

The council does need to develop our town and provide more affordable housing and indeed some excellent work is going on in our town centre, regenerating it and encouraging more residential development.

But must ensure no stone is left unturned in developing brownfield sites before we consider building on any of our green belt.

Finally it is good to see that the council listens to concerns raised by local councillors and members of the public with regard to the latest planning application from Eddie Stobart regarding a new National Distribution Centre on Green Belt land.

The council’s planning portal kept crashing earlier this week – so the council has now extended the deadline for comments until next Friday, May 31.

Comments can be made by following the link below

https://www.warrington.gov.uk/site/xfp/scripts/xforms_form.php?formID=227&language=en&pageNumber=1&planning_application_id=2019/34739

 

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