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Edition 225 June 2013


From Tony Brown, Peter Harris, Beryl Prentice and Sue Rodgers

A Neighbourhood Plan for Southwell will make sure that it is Southwell’s residents who decide how Southwell will develop. Whilst the overall strategy for Southwell is already decided by the District Council, our Neighbourhood Plan would make these policies more useful for the particular needs of Southwell. A Southwell Neighbourhood plan would have the following benefits: allowing our community to choose where new houses, shops and employment would go in the future; addressing the infrastructure needs of the town to support new housing glossed over in the NSDC proposals and considering environmental matters and make proposals to inform other planning policies. It would also incorporate objective monitoring of the

plans, which is missing from Kelham Hall’s proposals Once a Southwell Neighbourhood plan is adopted it would take precedence over the Newark and Sherwood District Council detailed (non-strategic) proposals. Meanwhile, however, planning decisions would be based on the NSDC plans. For example if the Neighbourhood Plan were in place 20 years ago then if the old School Site on Church Street had been designated as open space it could not have been sold off as development land. Also, rather than having nearly 90% of our new houses 4 bedrooms or more, we could have had a Continued over...

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Tony Brown 07971 898791 Roger Dobson 814539 Julian Hamilton 815265 Lyn Harris 815391 Peter Harris 816000

Norman Mure Charley Pierpoint Beryl Prentice Sue Rogers Brian Smith

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or call into the Surgery Caravan on the Market Square 10h00 to 12h00 Saturday June 1 Saturday June 29

different range of houses being built - more suitable for our needs. Finally, if Southwell has a Neighbourhood Plan, the town will receive 25% of the Community Infrastructure Levy that developers now pay to Kelham Hall. Rather than 15% capped at £100 per dwelling, a site of 20 houses would produce around £40,000 instead of £2,000 for the town to spend on infrastructure improvements. The exact figure would depend on house sizes but it would be hugely beneficial for the community.

The District Council has already been allocated £25,000 to help develop our Southwell Plan. Over 550 other towns and villages across the country are making their plans already. It is imperative that a Plan is supported by the people of Southwell. We need all the talent available to help us work out our vision for the future in Southwell - Can you help us? A new website has information on the plan and a vote for you to say YES to a Plan for better land use planning for Southwell. You can also vote in person at the Town Council Office The Old Court House, Burgage. VOTING CLOSES ON 31st MAY, SO PLEASE ACT NOW.

Thank you for the support we received in the election last week. Despite a strong vote in Southwell and some of the villages [which stretch from Southwell to Wellow in the north west and to the edge of Tuxford in the north east] Peter Harris was not elected to be our County Councillor. Peter Harris

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Peter said ‘my colleagues in the Southwell and Caunton Focus Team and I are very grateful for the support shown for our clear priorities for the area. We would also like to say thank you for the many words of support since the result became known.’ The Focus Team will carry on working hard for Southwell and Upton. We will continue to listen to your views, keep in touch and get things done. One key issue currently is our determination if we can to downgrade the route through Southwell to a "B" and thus reduce unnecessary through traffic which our town with narrow streets cannot accommodate!

Please contact us by mailing or drop us a note into our free Postbox inside the door at the Post Office or on the side of our Surgery Caravan [dates overleaf]. We will also continue to update the Focus website with news from our area.

News about the Racecourse Road

Many residents have been accustomed to using this road over the years for walking or dog exercising but if we want to continue then we now have to complete evidence forms about their use of the Racecourse Road. Many people have now completed evidence forms about their use of the Racecourse Road. We need to prove that this road has been used for walking, cycling and horse riding for over 20 years in order to get the gates open again. If we can prove this use, the County Council should designate the Racecourse Road as a public footpath or bridleway. If this is done, the gates will be open and we will be able to walk and cycle along the road when Name ________________________________ the barriers to stop cars on the road E-mail _______________ @ _____________ I can help are closed.

Keep in touch.. @SouthwellFocus deliver

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Pop any issues into our postbox inside the door at the Post Office

If you can say that you have used the road, especially before 1990, please my area complete the forms available from any for a couple of of your councillors overleaf, or from hours each the Town Council Office.


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Southwell Focus June 2013  

Local news from the Southwell Liberal Democrats

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