Hagley campaigners continue to push new homes bonus petition

A HAGLEY campaign group has got more than 600 signatures on a petition calling for cash bonuses generated by new housing estates to be ploughed back into the affected areas.

Hagley Residents Action Group (HRAG) launched its campaign after Bromsgrove District councillors voted to place money from the Government'sNew Homes Bonus scheme in a central district pot.

The 175 Cala Homes development in Hagley, which the group vehemently opposed, will see Bromsgrove District Council receive more than £1.3 million from the Government, with a further £500k for the neighbouring Strathearn development of 70 homes.

The group believe that if the cash went into the district pot, it would be unclear where it was being spent and want an arrangement similar to neighbouring authority, Wychavon Council, where up to 40% of the bonus is passed directly to community groups via a formal agreement.

It is hoped that if the group can collect the 1,250 signatures required to force a full council debate on the issue, the policy can be changed.

Fran Evans, group spokesman, said: “We look forward to our campaign resulting in an open public debate at a full council meeting so that district councillors can debate this controversial issue in full and potentially alter their policy so thousands of people in Bromsgrove involved in community activities and using community facilities can benefit."

She continued: "This is fast becoming a nationwide issue, many other areas around the country are pleading with their council to alter their policy as well as it makes sense to give areas bearing the brunt of housing some say in how the community will be provided for and make sure vital sports and community clubs can continue and expand to support the new additions to the community.”

Anyone who wishes to sign the petition, can do so online at www.hagleyresidents.co.uk

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