ANGELA SMITH MP asks for urgent talks with Council Officials over the Stockbridge Children’s Centre
ANGELA SMITH MP has asked to meet senior council officials after hearing the news that the planning application for a Children’s Centre on Pot House Lane was turned down by the Council’s North and West planning board.
Now that it seems the plans are in tatters she would like to know what the future is for a Centre in Stocksbridge. She is also looking for a commitment to work with local people on any new plans.
She would also like assurances that Stocksbridge will not lose out on the provision of a Children’s centre, something which she believes the area needs.
She is also concerned that Objective One monies allocated to the project may now be vulnerable and the loss of this may have a detrimental impact on the project and would like assurances about these monies.
Commenting on the planning board decision, Ms Smith, said, “I warned the authority that the loss of green space could be an issue for the planning board. With Sport England feeling they could not support the application because of the loss of green space there was always a possibility it would be turned down. My worry is that Stocksbridge may now lose out and that would be a tragedy for the area.”
I am seeking assurances from council officers that Stocksbridge will not lose out on a centre and that in future they will work with local residents to make sure we get something that works for everyone.”
Issued : 23 May 2007