Leaders quizzed about Stanton plan

RESIDENTS will be given the chance to quiz four leading councillors about their views on the New Stanton development at a hustings event next week.

Campaign group, Green Squeeze, have invited Chris Corbett, the leader of the Erewash Conservative Party, Howard Griffiths, leader of the Erewash Labour group, Rodney Allen, leader of the Erewash Liberal Democrats and Angela Nisbet, an independent member to the event.

Plans for 3,000 new homes and two district centres were revealed last June by site owners Saint Gobain.

Green Squeeze chairman, Paul Harvey, said: “This is a chance for councillors to get off the fence and tell us what they feel about it all.

“We know the planning regulations, we don’t want them quoting to us again, we want to know what they think.

“This is a matter that will influence the way people vote and it’s importnant that it’s discussed in the run up to the election.

“It’s also important to say that this is not a Green Squeeze thing, we’re hosting it but we want a good turn out from members of the public.

“This is their chance to get answers to their questions.”

The meeting will be held at Risley Village Hall on Thursday April 14 at 8pm.

It is expected that a planning application for the Stanton site will be submitted later this year.

One of the main concerns of residents is the increase of traffic and access to and from the site.

They are concerned about the effect on surrounding villages.

Mr Harvey added: “We’re still waiting for the planning application and we know that the councillors haven’t seen the plans and they know what we do but we want to know their thoughts on the proposals.”

It was announced this week that there will be 126 candidates standing in next month’s Erewash Borough Council election, which takes place on Thursday May 5.

Six political parties plus independent candidates are represented in the election, which will see 51 councillors elected to represent 22 wards.

Full details of the candidates and the seats they are contesting are in the table below.