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Residents demand answers in Branston pavilion plans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

11/02/14 Clays Lane Recreation Clays Lane Recreation Ground, Branston

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CAMPAIGNING residents have demanded answers in a row over plans for a sports pavilion in Burton parish.

Branston residents who oppose the pavilion in Clays Lane recreation ground, have submitted a 350-name petition against the plans plus a list of 48 questions to the parish council last month.

The plans are part of an agreement with developer St Modwens to build 660 homes on land south of the village.

In an email to the parish council, Maple Way resident David Cole demanded answers

He said: “As a Branston resident who has a lot of interest in the goings on in his village and someone who is directly affected by your proposals, I would have expected to at least have been informed as to what your delay is.

“Therefore, I request to be told a date when I will have my all my questions answered.

“If the parish council has a delay, as a resident, I should be informed what the delay is and when it will be resolved.”

The list of questions include when the next parish election will be, and suggestions for Branston Water Park to be improved instead.

The row erupted when the parish council announced its support for the sports pavilion after a public consultation of 3,000 homes resulted in 200 residents being favour and 116 against.

Mr Cole, who also volunteers with Burton Rugby Club, claimed 200 votes in favour is not a true reflection of what Branston residents want.

Parish council chairman Mike Ackroyd told the Mail all of the questions raised over the pavilion would be answered but the ‘sheer quantity’ had caused the slight delay.

He said: “We will be addressing these concerns and questions posted by the residents of the area, obviously we have got to answer them but to do this we have got to involve all the councillors.”

But Mr Ackroyd said the concerns raised would not alter the parish council’s decision to support the pavilion.

He said: “The decision was made in December to proceed with the pavilion in line with the majority of residents in the parish.”

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