Residents can voice issues

Sir,

There has been a large amount of speculation regarding the proposed development site adjoining Shipley View and Manners Industrial Estate.

Main opposition points include: roads and education – both in the domain of Derbyshire County Council – health care and emergency services and areas of green space and conservation.

Ilkeston Hospital has a large number of vacancies and there is to be a new health care centre at the junction of Beauvale Drive and Church Street at Cotmanhay.

As to the green space and conservation issues, this council will not build houses on greenbelt land.

The emergency services have their own agenda.

We are talking about seven hundred homes, not two thousand as has been mention by various groups. The council has had to identify areas of land as potential development sites. The alternative would be a free for all.

On the plus side, employment in the area would be given a boost by the building trade, there would be more customers visiting the town shops and Market, and this could lead to more shops re-opening.

It is well known that more residents and more employment give a boost to the economy.

Affordable homes are to be included in any development, priority for these will be to people who have strong connections in the area.

I’m keeping an open mind on this matter until the consultation has been completed, as we do not yet have all the facts.

Ilkeston is an extremely pleasant place to live, and I for one, wish to see it remain so.

Anyone who wishes to voice their opinion on this matter should send an email to ldf@erewash.gov.uk alternatively send your comments to the Head of Planning, Mr Steve Birkinshaw at Erewash Borough Council at the Town Hall.

Councillor Val Custance

Abbotsford ward