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Town plan views top 1,000 mark

A THOUSAND residents have had their say on the revised plans to redevelop Shirley town centre.

A THOUSAND residents have had their say on the revised plans to redevelop Shirley town centre.

The survey is the largest of its kind to be carried out by Shirley Residents’ Association, who posted the slips to 6,000 local homes.

Ann Turner said that the group was pleased by the response from local people and that a meeting would be held with Shirley councillors.

“It was a very encouraging response - we’d hoped to get 10 per cent back and ended up with around 1,000.

“This is clearly something that people feel very strongly about in the local area and we’re now going to sort through the responses.”

While the majority of slips were posted to local homes, a few were available in the town centre for shoppers.

“The vast majority of people who replied live in Shirley,” said Ann.

“While it’s too early to give details of what people think, I can say that we had some very full responses.”

This survey comes after developers Shirley Advance submitted their application to the council’s planning office. Residents now have until September 13 to comment on the scheme.

Tomorrow (Saturday) residents will be taking part in a protest in Shirley Park.

They have criticised plans to fell a row of trees and hedgerows as part of the development.

 

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