LONG SUTTON PARISH COUNCIL: Neighbourhood plan is backed
Long Sutton Parish Council has been told to press on with creating a new neighbourhood plan after “great frustration” about potential future development.
During a meeting at the new council offices in London Road on Thursday, vice chairman Dale Frith said that progress on the plan had been delayed by the wait for a new South East Lincolnshire Local Plan setting out the way forward for new development in South Holland.
But Long Sutton resident Martin Dickinson said: “It seems to me that a neighbourhood plan is a very good and should we get enough volunteers, the delay to the Local Plan should in no way stop us from doing what’s in the best interests of Long Sutton.”
Coun Frith said: "If the Local Plan isn't going through until December, at the earliest, we can at least put some plans down now of what the people of Long Sutton really want.
"Once we get going, it's then up to the people if they want to be part of a plan that can shape what can and can't be done in Long Sutton."
Controversy over outline plans for 215 new homes to be built on land between Seagate Road and Wisbech Road getting the go-ahead from South Holland District Council last month led former parish council chairman Coun Charles Moore to describe the decision as "disappointing".
In a chairman's report for Thursday's annual parish meeting, Coun Moore said: "The parish council continues to make observations in relation to all planning applications.
"But it remains a great frustration to all members of the council and residents that their voices continue to be ignored, despite vociferous opposition against some applications.
"It is disappointing that the Seagate Road development (read more here) has been given outline planning permission, despite objections from the parish council and residents."
. Long Sutton is to sign up to the countywide Community Speed Watch scheme, with parish council chairman Coun Richard King as its coordinator.
Neighbouring parishes Gedney and Sutton St James have already signalled their intentions to join the scheme where a small group of volunteers will measure traffic speeds through their town or village.
Coun King said: “There is an area coordinator in place so I think it’s about time that we got a group sorted out.
"We'll come together as a group and be given all the information about Community Speed Watch.
"We have six people who would like to volunteers but it would be nice if there were substantially more than six because the more volunteers there are on the list, the more Community Speed Watch will be accepted.
"People in Long Sutton will know who we are and the onus is on them not to break the law."
. A request from the Parkside Club to expand its facilities to cope with growing numbers of young footballers has been partially agreed.
The club was given permission to create a new junior pitch and extend its patio area for spectators.
But requests for additional parking space and consent to use a container for storage were both turned down.
. Plans for a home in Long Sutton to become dog breeding centre has raised concerns with parish councillors.
Shuna Berwick has applied to South Holland District Council for permission to use her home in Daniels Gate for the breeding of up 20 puppies who will then be sold.
In a letter to the district council, Ms Berwick said: "All my dogs will be kept in the home where they will enjoy a sense of freedom with myself."
But parish councillors fear it will lead to noise issues and complaints from neighbours.
. More than £700 in grants are to be shared out amongst community causes in Long Sutton.
Parish councillors agreed to give £250 each to the Long Sutton Horse and Pony Show and a holiday club run by the town’s Baptist church.
Peele Community College and Long Sutton Primary School will receive £100 and £125 respectively, both for prize-giving purposes at the schools.