Moreton-in-Marsh Strategic Planning

17th May 2018

Local MP, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, recently attended the second liaison group meeting in Moreton-in-Marsh to discuss longer term strategic planning in the town with Lord Dulverton, Cllr Nigel Moor and representatives of Moreton Town Council.

The meeting began with general concerns about the number of houses being built in Moreton-in-Marsh and the added pressure that this will put on car parking and congestion on the A429 Fosseway. Everyone in attendance was extremely conscious of the Cotswold Journal’s recent article on concerns over converting the Glebe land for new car parking.

As a result of the public meeting on 10 May, the car parking working group have given public assurances that they will employ consultants before any action is taken. The consultants will obviously look at pressures on parking on the High Street and whether there is a need for a new car park or not.

The meeting also examined the issue of the ongoing Spitfire development and the tactics by the developers to apply for small tranches to avoid paying for major infrastructure.

Thanks to Sir Geoffrey’s lobbying, the funding for the footbridge extension over the railway in Moreton is now firmly in Gloucestershire County Council’s capital budget. This is an urgent matter as HGVs are travelling at excessive speed over the bridge making a collision with a pedestrian a distinct possibility.

To conclude, the meeting agreed with Sir Geoffrey’s suggestion that he would convene a mini summit in the Cotswold District Council offices, at which highways and planning experts and town, district and county councillors would all meet to agree a constructive plan for the town going forward.

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