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Burntwood Action Group to hold public meeting over future of the town

Plans for the future of Burntwood will go on display this week.

Burntwood Action Group is hosting the public meeting at St Matthews Social Club at 7.30pm on April 26.

Among the items up for discussion are the plans to regenerate Burntwood town centre, improvements to local infrastructure, increased affordable housing and protection of the Green Belt.

A spokesperson for the group said: “The meeting will be attended by members of Burntwood Town Council and representatives from both Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council.

“There will be a question and answer session immediately following the presentation.”

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  1. Scott

    24th April, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Are any actual councillors involved?

  2. Scott

    24th April, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Following on,

    As BAG has praised and applauded the efforts of the Conservative Councillors in Burntwood. All while their party pushes through plans that BAG members moan about.

    BAG is nothing more than a cheerleader for the Conservative Councillors of Bwood and Lichfield

  3. Lynn

    24th April, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    @ Scott As a resident of Burntwood and a volunteer for BAG I am finding it difficult to understand why anyone would have an issue with a non-political group, such as BAG, trying to work with all councillors regardless of their political affiliation. The issues are building affordable housing, using brownfield sites, preserving the green belt and helping our town. Let’s work together as a community and leave the politics out of it please.

  4. John Griffin

    24th April, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Agree with Scott. The decisions are made by the Tory councillors not representing Burntwood, and all that is happening with BAG is making a couple of Tory councillors/candidates look good, sizing up tactics for further building, giving people false hopes about decisions actually based on getting New Build Fund income, and trying to nullify opposition from other parties. There is only one way to stop this, vote them out as a party.

  5. Rob

    24th April, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Be nice for something to happen without local councillors all over it.
    We’ll be having our own “community leaders” at this rate.

  6. Jackie

    24th April, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Burntwood Action Group is most definitely non-political and have worked closely with ALL town councillors.Not only that,they have sung the praises of all councillors that have engaged with the group. It’s a shame that when a group of volunteers that have come together, to improve our surroundings for the good of everyone, are then chastised by narrow minded people. This has never been about politics for BAG, just securing a brighter and more sustainable future for Burntwood.

  7. Lynn

    24th April, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    @ John As it stands at this time the councils, Burntwood, Lichfield and Staffordshire County are all controlled by the conservatives. In order to achieve anything the councillors must be engaged. BAG is trying to navigate the correct channels to draw attention and hopefully correct many issues. The group is motivated for the good of the community regardless of political affiliation. Burntwood Action Group has not endorsed or supported any political candidate.

  8. John Griffin

    25th April, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Sorry, I think BAG holds out false hopes (especially with a massive Tory majority)and fails to highlight why we are in the predicament we are in. Irrelevant what stripe the councillors are (in Walmsley I’d be urging the boot for Labour), vote them out for a change of strategy – the threat focuses the minds of those complacent in their majority, Tory councillors and others such as that idle sycophant MP Fabricant.
    I have no doubt that most BAG members have the good of the community at heart, just utterly naive or worse.

  9. John Griffin

    25th April, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    PS this is the reality not a pile of letters or feeble protests from compromised councillors – worth £7.6m (est) new homes bonus to Lichfield while dumping the infrastructure load on Tamworth

  10. Scott

    26th April, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    okok, before I say more.

    Would any1 from BAG like to share their core ideas/beliefs?

    All I know you from is the Greenbelt issue, and as a lifelong Burntwood citizen, this isn’t on the top of my Burntwood Fix List.

  11. Fred

    26th April, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Scott,might be a good idea for you to try understanding how building on Green belt will impact on the bigger picture of Burntwood first before expressing your opinion…solutions to our problems rather than blaming everyone is understandably an easy option for you.I take it then you agree with building on Green Belt?

  12. Fred

    26th April, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Meant to say ‘not an easy option for you’

  13. Scott

    26th April, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    And what is the bigger picture of Burntwood?

    And please don’t misread my most recent comment. I am curious as to what you guys stand for, and what u do.

  14. Jackie

    26th April, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Under Lichfield District Council’s Local Plan Allocations, Burntwood has to accommodate 1365 new homes. We have been given this target whether we like it or not and, as an easy option, Green Belt has been identified for part of this target instead of identifying all brownfield sites first. The core ideas and beliefs of BAG (Scott) is, ultimately, protection of our heavily fragmented Green Belt but to do it in a smart, or rather, common sense approach. BAG are not saying “NO” to house building. We are not being “swampy or nimby”.We have done serious homework on what Burntwood actually needs. We don’t need the big four/five bedroom executive homes that would be built by land grabbing developers, that no young family can afford and would only encourage “out commuting”. What we do need is affordable homes, serious investment to our infrastructure and regeneration to our woefully lacking “town centre”.So by combining all of these things, with some creative joined up thinking ,we can deliver a real and viable option for a more sustainable Burntwood. This is a unique opportunity for a community to make something good happen for their own town instead of just moaning about whats crumbling down around them. Please attend the meeting.

  15. Scott

    26th April, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    So, as a fairly younger person looking to get my own place in Burntwood, you would be totally okay with building some decent affordable houses on the greenbelt, once all other sites (brownfield) have been used up?

    Try not to get me wrong. Thus far, all I have heard from councillors/ active citizens is a firm ‘no’ to developing the greenbelt. I could not attend the council consultant, as (for some idiot reason) they have been held in the day time. But as I mentioned, the greenbelt is not a top issue for me (I understand is it for your group, and that’s okay), as I would rather see the roads and pathways fixed. As well as the leisure centre management sorted with, Sankeys Revived and at least ONE footpath/ cycle lane connecting us to Lichfield.

    Through the eyes of a normal citizen of Burntwood, I have hardly seen the needed changes. Wastelands have remained wastelands for years now. Sankeys are lost its life. Councillors go back and fourth but yet nothing is delivered, and what does change is force through.

    I will end on a comment I heard from a BAG affiliate several weeks ago; “We do not need more houses, Burntwood is full already. It doesn’t need more”.

    To me, that is the sort of attitude that is not needed here.

  16. John Griffin

    26th April, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Well there’s 1000 at Arkall Farm and 750 at Curborough – so how many more needed?
    Diluting the effort of loads of people and directing it away from throwing the Tories out, which is what really has to happen.

  17. Ben

    26th April, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    It’s a complete joke. Where are you planning to find the funds to rearrange Burntwood ? I don’t disagree with brownfield sites being used however what a mess up are the new houses by the steel works. As soon as the noise complaints start rolling in what is going to happen? I think a sensible approach she be taken identifying areas that can deal with the capacity and not cram ever possible space that may have better alternative uses. Do you not think the other options where explored previously?

    As for the politics of it all labour has been all over this like a rash. With most of the large players in BAG being apart of the Labour Party. What will they do when their bigger party continues advocating housing?

    We are going to have the housing whether we like it or not. So why don’t we all grow up and be seinsible. Instead of wanting to spend all of our money rearranging the town that will still end up with the same number of houses.

  18. Anthony

    26th April, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Great meeting tonight by BAG. Good to see someone or some group is actually thinking about what Burntwood needs rather than what the council wants to give us. The points made about requiring affordable housing rather than more executive type homes were spot on. Honestly it’s refreshing to listen to a group with ideas than just a lot moaning about what can’t be done or angry demands not to build more homes anywhere. BAG has my support.