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B.L.A.S.T. REPORT ON CORE STRATEGY PUBLIC MEETING IN WARWICK

Meeting on Core Strategy, Mon 17th August, 2009

Juliet Carter a committee member of B.L.A.S.T. (Bringing Leamington Allotment Societies Together) put forward these questions in a statement to the meeting:

1. Our concern is future provision for growing land in the form of allotments, communal gardens and decent sized gardens. A recent Government forecast claims the number of homes without gardens will be over 2 million next year.

We see no substantial promise or commitment in the Strategy Options in Section 12 Open Space. For example if over 40% of respondents considered it important why is it not shown on the plans?

2. Natural Environment - we at BLAST are concerned that the natural environment will be put under massive pressure from new housing - can we be assured that along with the Green Belt good growing land and green spaces between towns and villages are maintained and protected and not swallowed up to be lost forever?

BLAST represents several allotment societies all eager and willing to get involved with the council in the future planning for allotment provision.

BLAST member societies have over 200 local people on their waiting lists for allotments.

Notes:
The meeting was very well attended, with over 300 members of the public in the audience. It went on a long time, until 10pm.

I did manage to read out the statement, and it received a round of applause… but no answer. Previously a woman from Warwick had asked why the recommendations which her group had passed on were completely ignored, and was told it was the decision of the management committee. No one was very pleased. There was a comment that the WDC has a preference to allowing building on land on which a developer has an option. Many people were complaining that no infrastructures were in place, schools, shops, leisure amenities, roads etc. Also that the recent building developments on lands have not erected the community buildings as promised, or schools. The tone of the crowd was not pleased. Plaskitt & White were doing a bit of “my party’s better than yours” for which they get told off by a member of the audience. Doody got frustrated that nobody liked the plans, and couldn’t really reply to the accusations, because they were all true… The issue of a Legal case against the proposals was popular with everyone. As was a 6 month delay. Hoping for an election, and the obligation to provide houses being removed altogether. However, we are urged to lodge our complaints to:
Comments / Objections by 25th September 2009 to:
Gary Stephens PO Box 2178 Riverside House, Milverton Hill, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 5QH or email warwickdc.gov.uk
The clerk present was This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Mr D Maudlin