Help us oppose Telford & Wrekin Council

Cllr. Adrian Meredith is urging as many residents as possible to attend the Public Inquiry to hear evidence from local people in support of the application by Mr. John Rudd to have the land off Station Road, which T&WC propose to sell to as a site for the proposed Sainsbury’s superstore, to be designated as a Town or Village Green.


The Public Inquiry will start at 10 a.m. on Monday 24th September 2012, in the ballroom at The Royal Victoria Hotel in Newport.  An evening session will also be held on the Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for those who are unable to attend during the day.  It is likely that the Public Inquiry will finish hearing evidence from local people on Tuesday 25th September 2012.


Cllr. Meredith said ‘ A considerable number of residents have put a lot of time and energy in preparing witness statements and are prepared to stand up to T&WC by appearing at the Public Inquiry in support of the application to have the land designated as a Town or Village Green.

We have specifically asked for the Public Inquiry to be held in Newport to make it easier for residents to come and show support by sitting in the public area at the Inquiry.  We want T&WC to get the clear message that the residents of Newport and Church Aston, plus surrounding rural areas, are still prepared to fight for what we believe to be right and will not be walked over by T&WC despite their policy of continuing to challenge every decision that goes against them.  People are free to go in and out of the Public Inquiry, they are not required to stay all day but we need to get as many people as we can at the Public Inquiry to demonstrate both to T&WC and to the Inspector running the Inquiry, the depth of feeling locally and to support our local residents who are making time to giving evidence.’


It is expected that the Inquiry will break for lunch at around 1 p.m. for an hour each day. The sessions will run to 4.30 p.m., with the one evening session on the Monday.

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