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A campaign group has been urged to apologise over comments made at a public meeting in Burntwood.

The event was held over plans to move farmland in the town from the Green Belt.

Burntwood Action Group said the meeting had shown the levels of “outrage” from local residents at the proposals.

Cllr Sue Woodward

But Cllr Sue Woodward, leader of Burntwood Town Council, says suggestions of improper behaviour by elected members put forward at the event should lead to an apology from the group.

Cllr Woodward said:

“I didn’t see ‘outrage’ at the meeting. In fact, most people were considered, interested and respectful.

“However, I expressed my own outrage at the innuendo that councillors were somehow in the pockets of developers and the disgraceful ‘brown envelopes’ comment by one BAG Committee member which has yet to be refuted.

“I told the meeting that Cllr Pullen and Cllr Eadie [leader and deputy leader of Lichfield District Council] are honourable men – they are not of the same party as me, by the way -and that it is important to work with councillors rather than make such jibes.

“I hope Burntwood Action Group will refute this and apologise.”

Cllr Sue Woodward, Burntwood Town Council

“We need to work together as a town”

The focus of the meeting related to an area of land bordered by Coulter Lane, Nether Lane, Rugeley Road and Church Road.

Part of the land which could be moved out of the Green Belt

Cllr Woodward said it was important that a bigger picture of the threat of over-development was not ignored.

“We need to work together as a town to protect the whole of our Green Belt, not just one section of it, and not simply say ‘keep our part of the town as it is and put all the houses at the other end of the town’.

“I completely agree that we need services rather than ever more houses. That’s why I welcome the proposal by Lichfield District Council to look at the possibility of a new settlement in the district and brownfield sites in the rural areas rather than here in Burntwood.

“It’s why we need to get our Neighbourhood Plan in place after years of delay.”

Cllr Sue Woodward, Burntwood Town Council

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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4 Comments

  1. That photo of the meeting says it all. Mostly old, mostly from one small part of Burntwood, mostly out of touch with what the rest of Burntwood want and need. But they still claim to be the voice of Burntwood! They are serving their own interests make no mistake.

    BAG don’t represent anyone I know in Burntwood and for them to make claims of corruption when they have members in secret talks with developers is a joke.

    Don’t forget their harassment of an elderly woman about the horsebox at Springhill. I wonder if they ever apologised for that? Probably not as they aren’t accountable to anyone and think they are above the rules.

    All you hear from BAG is what they want and what they don’t want, not what the townspeople want. Hopefully they will be recognised by the council as the irrelevance they are.

    Well done to that Councillor for calling them out. Let’s hope they apologise but I doubt the self serving bunch of nimbies understand how to be honourable or accountable.

  2. Good to see Cllr Woodward speak so honestly on this. In Burntwood our main focus should be on serving the town as a whole and doing what we can to get the neighhood plan (which I mostly agree with) in place. I would say that despite our differences Cllr Woodward is also an honorable person.

  3. Cllr Sue Woodward
    says:
    16th January, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    I don’t know why “Rob”, whoever he is, is asking me about the A5190 repairs but I’ve been given to understand that it was. As he knows, I represent Burntwood North, not Burntwood South and/or Lichfield Rural South, both Divisions represented by Conservatives. He should email them directly.

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