Thursday, January 22, 2009


Medlar-with-Wesham Town Council hosted a further Public Meeting on Wednesday 21st January at Wesham Community Centre.
An independent observers viewpoint can be read by clicking here.
Wesham Mayor Cllr Michael Devaney welcomed over 150 residents to a packed hall to air their views. The Mayor introduced the Town Council and invited Wesham Cllr, Linda Nulty, also a FBC Development Control Committee member, to update the meeting. Cllr Nulty explained the current policies and procedures that would be examined by the DC committee when the final decision is taken by Fylde Borough Council. Cllr Alan Clayton outlined the steps that the Town Council had taken since being aware of the planning application submitted by Metacre Ltd. At two recent previous meetings, one arranged by the Town Council and one by Metacre Ltd, the message from residents has been a resounding “NO SUPPORT” for the development.The public were then invited to make their feelings known. Concern was expressed about many issues including; the category of land, currently grade 1-2 agricultural; drainage; the impact on the biological heritage site; safe access and egress to the site etc. There was no support expressed by any person.
A resident stated “a lot of very useful and important points were raised. One was to stress the importance of actually writing to the FBC Development Control Committee”. A full list of address details can also be viewed on the Town Council Notice Board (at the old fire station) and on the Community Centre Notice Board.
It was stressed the content of these correspondences should be strictly factual based on the current planning policies as outlined by Cllr Nulty . Emotive pleas are often disregarded if there are no actual policy related points included.
The meeting concluded by inviting ‘volunteers’ to form a separate group to investigate in more depth the support that may be given from bodies such as The National Trust; Environmental Services; Wildlife Trusts and bird Clubs etc. Some 24 people came forward!
The Town Council will, at the meeting to be held on Tuesday 27th January, be discussing their submission to Fylde Borough Council Development Control Committee, and also following up the formation of an additional group from the volunteers.

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