Friday, 10 August, 2012 - Modified on Saturday, 11 August, 2012 at 9:26 am
A busy Parish Council meeting last night was attended by over 20 members of the public, most of whom were there to express concern over the two sites that have been proposed for a new doctors’ surgery.
Mr. Gallon of the Kiddemore Green Action Group reported that they feel the Kiddemore Green Road site is unsuitable for a number of reasons including the fact that it is green belt land and informed the council that they have appointed their own consultant. He said that building a new doctors’ surgery on Kiddemore Green Road would be detrimental to the future of the village and asked that alternative, more sustainable sites should be sought.
Mr. Griffiths of the Horsebrook Lane Action Group spoke about their concern over the alternative proposed site off Horsebrook lane which would also include over 60 houses.
District Councillor, Brian Cox, who is also Chair of South Staffordshire Council’s Regulatory Committee explained that South Staffordshire has to have over 1700 new houses between now and 2028 and that Brewood has been allocated 60. At the moment the district council is only asking people to offer their land for consideration. There is no planning application in yet for any of the 60 houses and he promised that there would be consultation with the residents of Brewood before a final decision is made.
For more information on how South Staffordshire Council will decide where to build the 60 houses click on the link below. http://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/your_services/strategic_services/planning_policy_-_development/site_allocations.aspx
It was reported that the proposed doctors’ surgery will no longer include a dentist or a pharmacy. It was also reported that the Primary Care Trust (PCT) had surveyed the existing surgery in 2009 and recommended additional parking and total refurbishment, including disability access, new signage, new alarm system and re-wiring. It was further reported that the doctors had not carried out the PCT’s recommendations due to the costs involved.
It was suggested that the Admiral Rodney site would be a better location for a doctors’ surgery and car park as it would provide additional facilities in the centre of the village and a car park which the village desperately needs.
The parish council had been asked to support the doctors’ amended planning application but felt unable to do so without seeing the final plans. They also stated that they were unaware of the apparent public negative feeling towards the plans when they agreed to the Kiddemore Green Road proposal in principle and may well take a different view now that they are aware of the strong public feeling against it.
The parish council meeting also saw Mr. Webster be co-opted on to the council for the ward of Coven whilst Brewood Bowling Green committee pressed the council for guidance on what amendments to their original planning application for a clubhouse would be acceptable before submitting yet another version.
Other items discussed were concern over the drainage at Brewood park, whether safety barriers should be erected behind the swings at Brewood park, issues over water containers at Coven Heath allotments, the launch of a photography competition, problems with the Rainbow Inn, creation of an alleged unauthorised access at Sandy Lane, the latest crime figures (which show a concerning rise to 17 crimes in July compared to 1 last July), South Staffordshire Council’s proposed new housing needs survey, Roseclaim donations, 106 money for the refurbishment of the Barnfield Sandbeds and the V-Festival.
Finally, the parish council agreed to adopt a new code of conduct and set up a trial Facebook page so that it can interact better with residents.