DROP IN SESSION: Greatwood Community Hall, Hollington Road, Upper Tean, Thurs 12th May 2016, 5.00pm - 8.00pm.

Drop in session with parish and district councillors: 3rd May, Blythe Village Hall, 7pm - 9pm

First public consultation meeting (Drop-in session): Blythe Bridge Village Hall, 4pm - 8pm 29th July 2015

See the plans and speak to the 'planners'

Public meeting

Frank Hopley, Parish and District councillor, and campaign committee member, called a public meeting to discuss the issue of the Gypsy sites on the 6th March at 8pm. With over 300 in attendance, it is believed that this was the largest crowd ever to descend on the village hall. An Evening Sentinel article on the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.


Committee meeting, Sunday 1st March 2015.

The committee held its inaugural meeting on the 1st March, minutes available here.

Parish council meeting, 16th February 2015

It was reassuring to see so many residents attending the Parish Council meeting on the evening of the 16th February 2015, the room was packed. It would appear that this was the first meeting where the issue of Gypsy sites was discussed in any detail with the general public. This issue was high on the agenda, in fact the majority of non-council attendees were there simply for this reason.

During the meeting many residents were alarmed to also hear about plans to massively expand the land allocated to future housing within the Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook area, as such details regarding this long term plan are included under the menu heading "Green belt" above.

Regarding the proposed Gypsy sites, it was agreed that a petition should be drafted, but no firm decision on who would take the lead, as such we will continue with our petition unless the parish council prefer to have control of this process.

It was also agreed that the opposition will cover all three sites in the local area.

Several residents mentioned that a 'standard' letter of complaint should be drafted and uploaded to this website - as the Parish Council Chairman pointed out, multiple letters are worth more than one petition, we'll need some assistance with this as its vital that any letter covers all areas that need addressing - more to follow on this one within the next week or so.

The existence of this website was also publicised, communication between this action group and the parish council officials has been established and will be developed.

Councillors agreed that a request for more information should be obtained from the SMDC, requesting minutes of any meetings where this has previously been discussed. The Parish Council will also write to Bill Cash, MP, Stone, to request support.

If anyone who attended the meeting is aware of any meeting point that has been missed from the above, then please get in touch.


Important footnote:

Although the news of these sites appears to be 'new news' to most residents, the site at 459 Uttoxeter Road was actually first mentioned in a Parish Council meeting back on the 8th May 2014 - see minutes by clicking here . This wasn't mentioned during the 16th February meeting.