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When are they going to listen to local views?
A WORCESTER parish councillor has attacked the notion of localism after objections they made over land earmarked for employment land in the South Worcestershire Development Plan were seemingly ignored.
Green fields to the north and south of Warndon Woods were earmarked for employment land under the plans, but Worcester city councillor Lucy Hodgson told Warndon Parish Council last night that land to the north of the woods has now been left out of the plan following a consultation.
As previously reported in your Worcester News, the parish council had raised issues over access to the site and parking, following a presentation by members of the city council to the parish council in September.
The parish council has also raised objections to plans for a new football stadium for Worcester City Football Club, again over access to the site.
During a meeting of the parish council on Monday night, Councillor Ray Morris said: “It feels like no one is listening. Where’s the localism?
“I understand your need to get a plan not to get walked over but we’re getting walked over by the intent to get the plan. I accept that it’s gone through all the procedures but where is the customer’s last stand?”
Coun Hodgson said there would be a public enquiry in the summer.
She said: “If feelings are strong enough, that’s where they should be raised.”
But speaking after the meeting, Coun Morris said his concerns over localism were much more general.
He said: “What we’re doing if I’m honest is looking for a bit more realism in the localism.
“When is somebody going to listen? That’s kind of a general comment in the sense that I don’t see any sign of it. They need a plan but I’m trying to couple the need for a plan with the whole thing of localism. It was going to make things easier for local people to have an input but no one’s taken much notice.”