Last night I attended the public meeting in Essington, which was dealing with the proposals that are being considered by South Staffordshire District Council which will affect the current Green Belt.
It was called by the Essington Action Group. It was a meeting for the public to find out more about the plan by South Staffordshire Council to explore why construction companies and landowners want to build 2500 new houses on the Land North of Linthouse Lane on the boundary of Wednesfield and Essington. It was a well attended meeting with perhaps 2/3rds of all those in attendance being from Wednesfield. Also attending was Emma Reynolds MP for Wolverhampton North East.
I spoke at the meeting, again reaffirming that the City Councillors of Wednesfield North, Rita, Mary and myself, were against the proposal as it related to the Green Belt. Emma also spoke up for the Green Belt. It was good to hear Emma speak and comment on what she had heard from our residents. A number of Wednesfield residents asked questions and made statements. It was clear that the Wednesfield residents didn’t want new build housing developed on this Green Belt!
It was a good meeting, and it very much signified that Wednesfield is not only interested in the arguments being developed, but is very much against the downgrading and the loss of the Green Belt in this part of South Staffordshire. The Action Group agreed to enlist some Wednesfield residents onto their steering committee. There will be another public meeting arranged in December.
I was filled with pride that Wednesfield residents turned up in such good numbers, asked questions, and volunteered their services. I stayed behind after the meeting to thank the South Staffordshire District Councillors and Essington Parish Council for staging the meeting, and making such a clear presentation, as to how all these proposals would affect Essington and Wednesfield.
We also agreed to keep the ‘back channels’ open, as we prepare for the December 12th consultation meeting close. Whilst much of the meeting was concerned with the proposals to develop land on our boundary, there was obvious surprise from some quarters of the room to hear that the plan is looking to build some 9,000 homes along the boundary of Staffordshire and the conurbation.
Photograph – With the kind permission of Wednesfield Magazine.