Campaigners call for more say on Cuerden development

Cuerden Strategic Site
Cuerden Strategic Site

An action group which is fighting to reduce the impact of a planned industrial park between Leyland and Lostock Hall is calling on the council to seek more views from the public.

South Ribble Council has launched a consultation over plans for the 65-hectare Cuerden Strategic Site, which could create up to 2,500 jobs through a mixture of commerce, industrial and leisure developments.

The ‘Limit Cuerden’ group is now calling on the council to write to all taxpayers to offer them a say on the development.

Campaigner John Jones said: “There’s only been limited opportunity for residents to see the plans for themselves.

“With only three public displays of the information and at the council offices, council taxpayers and voters are being denied the full opportunity to have a say.

“Not everyone is able to attend the limited consultation events, held mainly during working hours. Not everyone has access to the internet to see the plans either.

“This development is too important. The council should be writing to all council taxpayers in South Ribble regardless of where they live, with a summary of the plans.”

Coun Cliff Hughes, cabinet member for strategic planning, said thousands of letters had been sent to neighbouring businesses and residents, and there are lots of way for people to share their views.

He said: “I’m very pleased that people are getting involved. We’ve had an enormous number of responses so far, with people giving us their views in person, in writing, via email and through our online service.

“We want to work with our residents and businesses to ensure that any development is carried out as appropriately and sensitively as possible.”

The final public consultation event is set to take place on Tuesday at St Saviour’s Church in Bamber Bridge, between 3pm and 7pm.

The plans can also be viewed at the Civic Centre in Leyland or by logging on to www.southribble.gov.uk/cuerden