THE Harlow Alliance Party held their second public meeting within the space of a month at Paringdon Sports Club on Saturday. Party Leader Nicholas Taylor gave a powerpoint presentation on the proposals by four councils, including Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) and Harlow District Council (HDC) to allow the building of thousands of homes on green belt land adjoining Harlow and on 20 greenfield sites in the town.
Over 140 residents attended the meeting, most of whom stated they had no idea of what these councils are planning, the outcome of which will see the population of the town and the wider area grow by up to 50,000 people.
In addition to house building targets, the plan includes the development of a sustainable transport corridor, which includes a tramway running from Fernhill Lane through to The Leisurezone and onto Harlow Town railway station and beyond.
The launch of the Harlow Alliance Party was in part due to concerns expressed by residents about a perceived lack of transparency and resident involvement within Harlow Council’s decision making process. HAP’s concerns about the lack of consultation with residents undertaken by both EFDC and HDC in respect of their plans for Harlow’s future were clearly shared by most of this mornings audience based on the questions which were asked.
Three councillors from Harlow Council attended the meeting to give something of a different point of view. HAP’s Party Leader suggested that if either of the main two political parties or Harlow Council had wanted to do this they should have held their own public meetings during the last four years or so.
The Government appointed inspectors are due to formally examine the Plans of EFDC and HDC in the coming weeks, The Harlow Alliance Party are the only Party who have made representations objecting to the Plans.
Further public meetings are to be held by The Harlow Alliance Party in the near future. In the meantime the powerpoint presentation can be viewed on the parties website at www.harlowalliance party.org.
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