Parish councillors’ exhibition on future development in village

Willingdon and Jevington Parish Councillors exhibit the Willingdon Local Plan SUS-151119-160150001
Willingdon and Jevington Parish Councillors exhibit the Willingdon Local Plan SUS-151119-160150001

Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council has exhibited a plan for the future of the villages and answered questions from residents.

The parish councillors said they were disappointed the Local District Plan exhibition and the details regarding the developments were not going to be shown at a location in Willingdon.

To allow the residents the option to view the plans, which parish councillors say will directly affect them, information boards were put up locally. The Local District Plan lays out future development for the area.

The exhibition was manned by councillors and parish council staff.

The event was described and a ‘huge success’ by parish councillors.

Organisers of the exhibition reported that more than 200 people attended Trinity Church in Coppice Avenue, Willingdon, during the two-day information event.

The parish council encouraged the residents to comment on the whole plan but if they wished then it was more than acceptable to complete only the sections of immediate relevance.

Cllr John Pritchett, parish council chairman, said, “The idea of the exhibition was to ensure that the people of the village had the opportunity to see he plans read the information and speak to someone about their concerns and their feelings about the building of 700 plus homes in the area.

“It was good to speak to so many people and find out their opinions, both in favour and in opposition to the development.”

Cllr Pritchett said he hoped locals would now take the time to respond to the public consultation, so their feelings and opinions on future development within the area are made known to Wealden District Council.

He added, “Despite the fact that the proposed development in Willingdon has allocated space for 700 homes plus infrastructure, the village did not have the opportunity to host the exhibition and residents had to go to nearby Polegate.

“The development will have a major effect on the residents of Willingdon and Jevington as the new homes will increase the number of vehicles on the A2270, as well as impact on the amount of parking and the infrastructure in the village.”

Parish councillors were on hand during the Willingdon exhibition to explain the plans and tell residents about how they can respond to the consultation.

The full consultation document may be viewed at the Parish Council office in Gorringe Valley Road or at Willingdon Library in Coppice Avenue.

The consultation period started on October 19 and will run from December 14, 2015.

Wealden will not accept any responses received after the end of the consultation period.

The plans are available on the Wealden District Council website but for more information and to see a hard copy of the document contact Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council.

The parish clerk Stephen Keogh can be contacted at the parish council office in Gorringe Road on 01323 489603.

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