Town councillors keen to have say on investment of planning cash

Town councillors are hoping to have a big say on how £130,000 will be spent in regenerating Witham.

The money will be given to Braintree Council by Morrisons as part of a Section 106 agreement in connection with its Braintree Road extension plans, which were granted on appeal.

At a Witham Town Council meeting last Monday, Cllr Michael Lager claimed it was important the council opened discussions with Braintree Council as soon as possible over how the money should be spent.

Cllr Robert Evans added: “It seems to me the inspector’s report specifically stated £130,000 should come to Witham.

“We need to claim that and find ways to ensure we get that £130,000, not instead of anything else they should give us.

“Braintree, up to its old tricks, could work a flanker on this one.”

Councillors voted in favour of requesting a meeting with Braintree Council to discuss town centre schemes the money could be invested in.

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8:22pm Wed 12 Mar 14

british n proud says...

I'm getting increasingly distrustful of all councils full stop, frankly l do wonder what they actually do,& what if anything they acheive. I am particularly suspicious of the way BDC runs the affairs of Halstead & Witham, & what appears to be total disregard for thoughs towns & the residents who live there. I have attended meetings & been aphauled at how out of touch the average councillor is as to what goes on right under their noses. I would like to think that if there is any regeneration in Witham town centre that a working group consisting of at least six of the towns retailers be formed & that the councils listen to the people who actually run the town. I also firmly feel that because of some disastrous previous planning that Witham should become its own governing authority, all those in favour !!!!!!!!!
I'm getting increasingly distrustful of all councils full stop, frankly l do wonder what they actually do,& what if anything they acheive. I am particularly suspicious of the way BDC runs the affairs of Halstead & Witham, & what appears to be total disregard for thoughs towns & the residents who live there. I have attended meetings & been aphauled at how out of touch the average councillor is as to what goes on right under their noses. I would like to think that if there is any regeneration in Witham town centre that a working group consisting of at least six of the towns retailers be formed & that the councils listen to the people who actually run the town. I also firmly feel that because of some disastrous previous planning that Witham should become its own governing authority, all those in favour !!!!!!!!! british n proud
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8:14am Thu 13 Mar 14

Bhudeeka says...

what do you mean "hoping"? this is Witham residents money not Braintree I am sick of all my money going to Braintree and Chelmsford while we are completely ignored OUR money OUR decision
what do you mean "hoping"? this is Witham residents money not Braintree I am sick of all my money going to Braintree and Chelmsford while we are completely ignored OUR money OUR decision Bhudeeka
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