Residents find out more about the work of Christchurch Council

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By Com_Publisher | Sunday, March 25, 2012, 16:01

Residents of the Grange and Highcliffe have been the latest to be updated on plans and developments by Christchurch Council as part of a series of residents meetings across the Borough.

Around 45 people attended the meeting at the Grange with more than 100 turning up at the Highcliffe event.

They heard details of the results of the latest residents' survey and how the Council is keeping on top of the main issues arising from the survey, including dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour and keeping the Borough clean and tidy.

They were given more details of the new waste system due to be introduced in the Autumn and told how it will increase recycling rates and save money.

They were also given information about the public consultation taking place from April on proposals contained in the draft Core Strategy document looking at developments in the area over the next 15 years.

A number of residents raised questions regarding these plans and developments. Councillors and officers explained the difficult act they have in balancing demand for new housing and employment opportunities with the need to protect and conserve the environment.

Cllr Ray Nottage, Leader of Christchurch Council, said: "These meetings are a very valuable way for us to let people know about the work we are doing to improve the Borough and also for them to give us their views.

"They are part of an on-going programme of consultation which we carry out in different ways throughout the year. It's so important for us to have this dialogue with our residents and, although we can't please all of the people all of the time, at least we have a chance to explain the thinking behind the decisions we take.

"We would always encourage people to take part in any of the public consultations which we hold regularly. In that way they know that they are involved in the decision-making concerning the community in which they live and have some influence over it."

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