Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Labour MP for Wansbeck Ian Lavery branded the decision by the town council to ignore resident’s petition as ‘wrong’

MP urges rethink over controversial toilets plan
‘Surely Alan Thompson and the town council should listen to residents and think again about the location of public toilets in Newbiggin?’ – Ian Lavery MP

A controversial plan to locate much needed public toilets in Newbiggin next to a restaurant and private housing has come under fire from the town’s MP after the town council ignored a residents petition and the decision of the council South East Planning Committee and invoked an expensive planning appeal to get the ‘go ahead’ to build.
Residents in the area are concerned that not enough space has been left between the proposed Convenience and the historic home of Mr Rigg at Sea View Terrace and that the doors of the Convenience will open right onto the entrance of the flat above the carry out, forming a den for youngsters to congregate after dark. The residents are seeking assurance from Northumberland County Council who gifted the site to Newbiggin by the Sea town council that this project will not begin the process of blighting their properties through what they call ‘a ridiculous planning decision by an inspector’.
Labour MP for Wansbeck Ian Lavery branded the decision by the town council to ignore resident’s petition as ‘wrong’ and said
‘It’s clear that we need a new public convenience in the town but the choice of location has turned a public convenience into a potential public inconvenience. Alan Thompson has led the plans to site this toilet next to a restaurant and someone’s home and he’s got to think again. He may have won the planning inspector over to his plans but he’s not won the most important people over and that’s the people who will be affected by this decision. He has a chance to come up with a new location and I’m urging him to think again and look at a new location. The ball is in his court and he needs to listen to the views of his residents not the planning inspector’.


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