Around 100 residents of St Helens attended the extra-ordinary meeting of St Helens Parish Council last Wednesday (29th August) to comment on the planning proposals for Guildford Park, and the implications this would have for the village.
Residents highlighted concerns regarding the impact on Road Safety and Parking, as well as implications on public services locally, as well as whether the development would set a precedent for other ‘green space’ in the village.
Parish Chairman Joe Robertson said:
“We greatly valued the comments and contributions made by local residents, and all that participated in a measured and informed meeting, and the unanimous views of the Parish Council on this application, was not to support what is proposed”.
Vice Chairman John Coleman added:
“The community engagement at very short notice emphasised the level of local interest, and the constructive discussion identified significant issues that need to be fully considered in the Planning Process of the IW Council”.
The Parish Council circulated guidance from the Isle of Wight Council on how to express comments, valid reasons for comment, as well as re-stating the closing date for comment as 7thSeptember 2018, before the next meeting of the Parish.
Cllr Robertson concluded:
”The meeting ensured the Applicant, and local ward Councillors, heard the views of residents, as well as provide an opportunity for further discussion should the issues raised be responded to”.