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‘Keep the spirit of loved village,’ plea
THE people of Blunsdon have voiced their disapproval at plans to expand the village.
A survey has been carried out to garner public opinion for the development of the village neighbourhood plan, which will decide how the surrounding land will be used.
While voicing concerns about further building projects, residents also stated their love for Blunsdon, saying it had a good community spirit where everyone could feel safe.
There were 152 respondents to the questionnaire, although only four were under 30.
Questions were asked on a number of topics, ranging from transport and employment to education and crime.
There are a number of large scale developments being proposed in the area. About 455 homes are being planned near the Abbey Stadium development and there are plans to extend the village by an extra 1,600 houses, tripling its size.
Respondents were asked whether they thought these proposals would have an adverse affect on the village and more than 90 per cent either agreed or strongly agreed this would be the case.
More than 75 per cent believed the roads were struggling to cope with current capacity and could not deal with more houses.
On the other hand, almost everyone said they enjoyed living in the village.
“This goes along with what I hear in my surgeries,” said Coun Alan Bishop (Con, Blunsdon and Highworth).
“Everyone says the village has a good community spirit and people get along with each other.
“However, there have been lots of concerns about the large developments all around Blunsdon.
“I think what most people are concerned about is that the village will soon no longer be a village.
“The developments will be something worth a discussion and I will raise people’s concerns in the council.”
The next stage will be to use the results of the survey when putting the new Neighbourhood Plan together.
For more information about the progress of the neighbourhood plan visit the website at www.blunsdonnp.org.uk.
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