Councillors representing Patchway have expressed their disappointment that a decision to allocate £1.5M from housing developers to upgrade the town’s community centre has been delayed until September.
Under the terms of a planning approval dating back several years, the developers of 81.25 hectares of land at Charlton Hayes, Patchway (Bovis Homes) are required to support local community infrastructure. The local town council has put forward modernising and upgrading Patchway Community Centre on Rodway Road as its preferred use for the cash. This would create significant new space for community use and provide facilities for both the existing community and residents of the new development to enjoy.
Local politicians on South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee were poised to approve the plan last night (24 July), but at the meeting council officials announced that the legal wording necessary for the decision to be taken had not been incorporated. The decision had to been deferred until the Communities Committee next meets on 10 September.
In a statement issued after the meeting, Patchway’s Labour councillors Eve Orpen, Sam Scott and Keith Walker say:
“Patchway residents will be disappointed and alarmed at this turn of events. We trust this is just an administrative error and nothing more sinister, as it would be a scandal if our community misses out on this investment. We urge councillor colleagues on the Communities Committee to keep the pressure on council officials to ensure that all is in place for them to take a decision next time.”
Councillor Sam Scott added:
“I do not understand how this report could get to committee in an incomplete state. I shall be writing to the council’s chief legal officer for an explanation, as this delay will cause real anxiety in our community.”
25th July 2013