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Boston Spa Neighbourhood Plan – Respecting History, Adapting to Change, Improving Lives

Calling all residents.......
As part of the ongoing village wide consultation the Neighbourhood Plan gazebo attracted plenty of interest from village residents when it was recently pitched in Millennium Gardens and the Church Fields car park. Following the publication of the outline of the Plan in the Parish Council Annual Newsletter together with a leaflet giving a taste of some of the ideas that have come out of earlier consultations, people were keen to ask questions and add their comments.

The hot topics were around traffic controls, and congestion, particularly along the full length of the High Street, with people giving a range of views on traffic calming solutions, crossings, and speed restrictions. There was a lot of interest in the idea to ‘Share the Space’ where a series of ‘gateways’ can be used to slow traffic and enable all users, especially pedestrians to move more freely along and across roads and pathways.

People were keen to understand what the Plan would mean in terms of the future impact on the village, especially plans for new housing and the provision and use of green space. The character and feel of the village was clearly important, and the riverside was seen as a really special place that should be protected. The children’s play area and open space at Deepdale are also highly regarded although concerns were raised about the lack of similar facilities at the Eastern end of the village.

What next? The Neighbourhood Plan gazebo will be at the Village Gala in Stables Lane Playing Field on Saturday June 13th, so come along, ask questions, give your views, this is your chance to have your say and contribute to the future of the village.

A Summary Document outlining the full plan and a questionnaire has been distributed to all residents and businesses in the village. An exhibition on 3rd and 4th July in the Village Hall, followed by drop-in sessions throughout July will give further opportunities for people to ask questions and comment on the Plan.