Cllr Mia Kee Writes: The announcement about the sale of Chertwynd Barracks comes as a considerable blow to our community, since we are proud of our long history and strong links with the base and, as it has always been a fantastic addition to our area. I know I speak for residents when I say that, the barracks will be sorely missed.
The timing of this announcement, coming so soon after the planning committee recently had no real alternative but to grant outline planning permission to the development near Bardills, comes as a further blow to those of us who have been fighting to save our precious greenbelt. Although talks are already under way to establish as to whether this announcement may mean being able to halt the development on our greenbelt land in Toton, it seems currently unclear as to whether this will be legally possible.
For some time, I have been speaking to officers and residents alike about the possibilities of forming a Neighbourhood Forum in order to develop a Neighbourhood Plan so that we are able to shape the future of our area (for more information about how Neighbourhood Plans work please click here and here ).
I believe this announcement only serves to highlight the importance of now forging ahead with these plans as a matter of some urgency. Neighbourhood Forums require the involvement of a wide cross-section of our community. Some residents have also already been in the process of establishing a residents association, further details to be announced shortly.