Let democracy win out in Blaby
On November 1, Blaby District Council will decide if plans for 4,250 houses off Beggars Lane will go ahead.
Months of lobbying by developers and an all-too-short period of public consultation will come to an end.
The council's development control committee, made up mainly of councillors from outside the communities immediately affected by these proposals, will determine if these plans should be passed.
Why is it that such an important decision, affecting the whole of the district, is taken by a few councillors and not the whole council?
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Why is my elected representative denied the opportunity to represent me?
Why can't they voice their opinion and raise their hand to vote on this proposal, like their colleagues?
Is the leader of Blaby District Council afraid of free speech and decision-making by all members in his council chamber, or is he worried the decision will go the wrong way if left to all councillors?
Come on Councillor White, there is still time to allow democracy to break out in Blaby.
Jenny Grey, Narborough.
I read with interest the new manager of Bradgate Park Peter Tyldesley's idea of using the park as an outdoor classroom.
I think we should use these areas more often for this.
Thurmaston has Watermead Country Park within walking distance of five schools, plus playgroups. The canal with its locks and weirs adds extra interest.
The improvement to the access in Mill Lane, with a new bridge over the canal near to the locks and a new cycle route through the park makes it ideal.
However, improvements are needed in this area – while most of the park has been developed, plants have been left to grow wild.
Since the aggregates were taken out of the meadows and two lakes were created several years ago, the nettles, brambles and grasses have grown tall and choked many of the smaller plants.
I'm sure if this was cut and cultivated, the meadow flowers would soon return. I hope improvements can be started soon.
A Smith, Thurmaston.