Time running out to have say

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Bardsey residents have just a few days remaining to give their opinions on the first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan for the village.

When the Localism Act came into force in 2011 the parish council formed a steering committee which was tasked at drawing up a projection for development in the village.

This was launched in early June and questionnaires were sent out to residents asking for feedback.

Coun Chris Sidle, responsible for communications, said: “We have all been working tremendously hard towards this big step forward for our Neighbourhood

Plan.

“The Neighbourhood Plan is all about local democracy. This is our opportunity to forge a framework for our future at grass roots level, and we need to seize it with both hands.”

Quizzed about the frequency of public consultation involved, Coun Sidle added: “We can’t do this without involving the community.

“That’s where local democracy comes in - the Localism Act requires it, and rightly so.

“Residents need to have their say, and their responses will drive the development of policy within the Plan.”

And he urged residents to have their say on the plans by returning their consulation questionnaires, through an extended deadline of August 21.

“The bigger the response the more likely it will be truly representative of the community’s views and wishes,” said Coun Sidle.

“We know people have busy lives, so to give them as much help as we can we will be extending the current consultation period to the end of next week.

“All I can say is don’t delay – respond today.

“Please, please complete your questionnaire today and return it to the Parish Office. Our future depends on it.”

A Neighbourhood Plan not only helps to control and influence housing development but enables communities to specify which areas and buildings need to be preserved, looks at highways and transport infrastructure, flooding, schools, village halls and churches.

For further information on the Bardsey Neighbourhood Plan should e-mail info@bardseyvillage.org.uk or visit the Bardsey Neighbourhood Plan pages on the parish website at www.bardseyvillage.org.uk