Some recent literature circulating in Bridport has been deliberately misleading about Vearse farm, we would like to tell you the facts.
In 2011 West Dorset District Council held several consultation meetings, none of which were inBridport, and only a few representatives from local organisations, including Bridport Town and Local Parish Councils, were invited. Even before this event, Vearse Farm was firmly fixed within the Plan to provide over 700 housesto satisfy West Dorset’s District quota.
Lib Dem Councillors Ros Kayes, Sarah Williams and Dave Rickard have been campaigning for adequate provision of affordable homes for local people, planned infrastructure including necessary improvements to the A35 and protection for the environment in the AONB.
Cllr Ros Kayes has met a number of times with representatives from campaign groups Advearse and Future Bridport to hear their concerns.
They are all continuing to challenge issues of community ownership, and the effect of such a large increase in population on local services when current ones are already overstretched.
They are also firmly behind the creation of a neighbourhood plan to give local people more say in how their towns and parishes are developed and are encouraging everybody to get involved.
However, the developers have already published site drawings and no consultation with the Town Council or Neighbourhood Plan working group has taken place.