Action group’s bid to inform

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Next Thursday, May 24th, sees the first public meeting organised by Clitheroe Residents Action Group (CRAG) to discuss Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Core Strategy plan.

The meeting will be held at Clitheroe Cricket Club, in Chatburn Road, starting at 7-30 p.m. It is designed to inform Clitheroe residents about the core strategy’s preferred option which, if approved, could mean building 1,670 new houses in the town up to 2028.

While CRAG is not opposed in principle to building new houses in Clitheroe, its members maintain that 1,000 new homes in the town is a more realistic level, The point out that in terms of population, Clitheroe makes up 25% of the Ribble Valley, but the core strategy would require it to soak up 42% of any planned new housing.

CRAG spokesman Steve Rush said; “We have decided to hold these meetings in response to requests from concerned Clitheroe residents about how RVBC’s plans will affect them. Many are confused with what they find on the Council’s website and most do not want to respond to 555 pages of information.

“We intend to give an outline of what is being proposed along with information on how people can respond to the proposals. A summary sheet will be available for people to take away and consider their response. We will also have our petition available to sign objecting to these proposals.

“This is an extremely important time for the Clitheroe community as the Core Strategy will have a huge impact and shape the future of the town.”

The second of these meetings will take place on Thursday May 31st at the same venue and time.