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Residents group set up as part of Going Green plans

Created on 04/04/2018 @ 16:43
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A major plan to turn large parts of Newtown into park and recreation areas as part of the Going Green for a Living plan have been explained to residents who had concerns, with another meeting planned next week.

The Big Lottery backed project will see swathes of green areas created created and managed for recreation and community use. It will receive funding of £1.1million from the lottery.

But there has been some concerns from residents worried about losing allotments and parking areas, as well as issues over flooding.

Cllr David Selby organised a meeting last month to allow concerned residents the chance to talk to organisers behind the project in order answer questions and allay fears. He has now set up the Vaynor and Trehafren Residents Group to allow residents to have a say in the process.

"Almost 50 local residents listened to Stuart Owen of Going Green for a Living outlining the lottery backed plans for the Newtown Park developments," said Cllr Selby.

"Residents had some concerns about allotment plans, parking in the area, and flooding of the park lands possibly affecting any plans."

On 11 April, another meeting will be held for residents in the Vaynor and Trehafren areas to discuss the plans. This meeting will be held at the Newtown Evangelical Church.

“I hope that as many local residents will attend the meeting to help get this new group off the ground.  It is vital that local residents living next to the park have their say as the changes begin to happen.”  says Cllr Selby

The Going Green for a Living consortium came together in response to Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council's call to look at new and more sustainable ways to manage the open spaces of Newtown.

Key landowners and partners in the project, Powys County Council and Welsh Government, have offered long term secure tenure of around 130 acres of land, to be held in a community land trust, making this one of the largest community asset transfers of amenity land in Wales.

Newtown-based planning and building design consultants, Hughes Architects, along with Lingard Farfow Styles and Bowen Consultants have worked with the consortium on the plans.

Photo: Residents at last month's initial meeting

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