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Let down residents need neighbourhood plan to guarantee future improvements

April 19, 2017 8:55 PM

The residents of John O'Gaunts are being encouraged to get their estate's needs formally recognised in writing, by completing the Rothwell Neighbourhood Forum's residents' survey.

Cllr Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) said: "The community on John O'Gaunts have a history of being let down by the council when it comes to estate improvements. Too often an investment programme will start, only to be cut short halfway through leaving half the community short-changed.

The latest let-down is the long, drawn out fencing replacement project which has benefitted half the estate whilst the other half have been told that there is no more money for them."

Cllr Golton believes by getting estate improvements included in the neighbourhood plan that the Rothwell Neighbourhood Forum is producing, this will guarantee that any funds generated by nearby developments would be dedicated to John O'Gaunts.

The council's own Site Allocations Plan has identified a plot of land suitable for housing next to the area, off Bullough Lane which could hold 250 houses. Under planning rules, this could raise over £200,000 in Community Infrastructure Levy, a charge to the developers that has to be spent in the area.

Cllr Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) said: "Now that the neighbouring land has been earmarked for future development, there is the chance for some real money to come into the area, money that I believe would be best spent on John O'Gaunts.

"So we have delivered letters to everyone on the estate, with a questionnaire included. We want to know what residents want to see change for the better where they live.

"If you've received a questionnaire, don't chuck it in the bin. By filling it in, you'll be able to have a say in how things change in your neighbourhood. If you want to take part and need another copy, please get in touch."