A RALLYING call has gone out to residents affected by the proposed gypsy site at Hart Village – as time is running out to lodge objections.
Villagers and other affected residents, including those from Bishop Cuthbert and Clavering, are being urged to write their letters and send them to Hartlepool Borough Council’s project officer Jim Riddle, to be sent to the Planning Inspector before Sunday’s deadline.
Hart Village Parish Council was due to have another closed meeting last night so members could reflect on the public meeting held on Wednesday regarding two sites in the village being identified as a potential location for a potential gypsy/traveller site.
Parish council clerk Ron Gray revealed up to five residents had tried to push money into his hand following Wednesday’s meeting to help with a fund to fight the plans, though he said a collective decision needed to be made before any money is accepted.
He added: “We are trying to put together our case based on what we picked up on on Wednesday night.
“We need time and space to move ourselves so we can complete our assessment of what was done then.
“We are getting hold of qualified people, such as legal and planning professionals, and they are going to assist us in this move.”
He added that the parish council was “overwhelmed” by the attendance at Wednesday’s meeting, which saw around 200 people cram into the village hall, with a further 250 outside the room.
Mr Gray is advising people to be constructive in their letters of objection and not just to state “I don’t want it here, end of story”.
A notice will be placed on parish hall noticeboard giving advice on themes to use in the letters, such as visual impact, operation of an open store, access and traffic, health and safety, ecology, fear of crime and economic impact.
He added: “That committee turned things on its head, I don’t think they read the briefing where Hart was concerned.”
Mr Gray had this message for residents; “They must get a letter written.
“The deadline is Sunday, which is a bit ridiculous.”
People can email their letters of objection to Jim Riddle, the council’s programme officer for the Hartlepool Local Plan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to him c/o Planning Services, Hartlepool Borough Council, Bryan Hanson House, Hanson Square, TS24 9BT.