New Vision for Chapel

MORE than 100 people braved poor weather to have their say about the future development of Chapel-en-le-Frith over the next 20 years.

Now Chapel Vision are urging even more people to get involved and have their say by completing surveys.

The more people who take part in the process, the more notice High Peak Borough Council and other organisations will take of the views of local residents.

Hugh Barton, Chair of Chapel Vision, said: “The members of Chapel Vision have been working hard to put together surveys, information, maps and displays so that local people can look at the most viable options and have their say on how they want to see our parish develop.

“So we were very pleased that so many people came to the launch to give us their views.”

At the event, held at Chapel Town Hall there were maps and displays from three working groups looking at housing, transport and the countryside.

Residents were also able to raise questions on possible future developments within the parish.

Mr Barton said: “Over the next few weeks we will be encouraging as many local people as possible to let us know what they think and their views will be collated to inform the proposals that we put together.

“So I would urge everyone in Chapel Parish to have their say, as it will make a difference.”

Chapel Vision is an independent organisation that was set up by the Parish Council after hundreds of Chapel residents expressed their concerns about the borough council’s Joint Core Strategy last year, which proposed building hundreds of houses on fields around the town.

Now the volunteers have been asked to involve local people in putting together plans for how Chapel should develop over the next 20 years.

Everybody attending the event was asked to complete a questionnaire expressing their views and preferences.

Those who live or work in Chapel Parish and were unable to attend but would like to play their part in shaping the future of the town are invited to visit the website www.chapelvision.org for information and to complete a questionnaire online or download a paper copy.

Further information is available by email from chapelvision@gmail.com or at Chapel Town Hall.

l Barratt Homes have lodged an appeal against High Peak Borough Council’s decision to reject plans for homes to be built on land between Manchester Road and Crossings Road.

The appeal is expected to be heard at a public inquiry.