Monday, June 08, 2009

Aislaby & Newsham

Tonight was the annual meeting of the two smallest parishes in Eaglescliffe ward. Neither parish has a hall or a pub nor any other public meeting place other than the open air of the village green and so they assemble in the neighbouring parish. Tonight the discussion included the vexed issue of development control. The village is deemed unsustainable with respect to public amenities and transport. That's generally welcomed because it should prevent any large scale developments but what about one or two houses in a gap between others? Should a line be drawn and no further development at all be permitted or should small, sympathetically designed properties be allowed in certain circumstances?
Those in the room seemed to favour the latter but of course that wasn't the whole population at all. Other issues were raised about road safety and about recycling, both of which I'm following up. All in all a very interesting meeting and very different to the annual meetings of the bigger councils.

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