Elms Field debated at extraordinary council meeting

Published: 5 Dec 2013 11:000 comments

Elms Field was debated last night (Wednesday December 4) at an extraordinary council meeting held at St Crispin’s school.

A council meeting, triggered by the 1,777 signature petition to save Elms Field, was held at St. Crispin’s school, London Road.

Around 400 people packed the school hall to grill councillors over plans.

There were questions from residents, followed by a debate, lasting well into the night.

Time for questions was extended twice, to an hour then an hour and a half, but that was still not sufficient to hear them all.

The overwhelming message from councillors was: if we do not regenerate this town, it will die.

Cllr Alistair Corrie, executive for regeneration, said: “We don’t accept that our plans are destroying Elms Field.”

The councillors were booed, heckled, and a few chants of ‘shame on you’ were heard, with Mayor Cllr UllaKarin Clark having to restore order on a number of occasions.

A motion was passed which would not stop or delay the process, after the Lib Dems suggested a three month pause, but all were encouraged to take part in the consultation, now extended to Friday January 3 2014.

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