Hagley residents continue New Homes Bonus campaign

Hagley residents continue New Homes Bonus campaign

Hagley residents continue New Homes Bonus campaign

First published in News

PUBLIC pressure is mounting on Bromsgrove District Council bosses to play fair with angry Hagley residents over the New Homes Bonus scheme.

They believe money passed down from the Government should be ploughed back into communities which have been affected by housing development.

A 1,429 name petition was presented to the district council in April, urging them to pass this money on.

As a result, more than 50 members of the public - representing Hagley, Belbroughton and Clent - attended a New Homes Bonus public forum, which was held by a cross party committee at Bromsgrove Council House, imploring council members to honour what the scheme was originally intended for.

They argued the money should be used to the benefit of existing facilities, such as improving local community centres and providing funding for local scout, guides sports clubs and other community groups across the district.

The residents have already received the backing of town MP Sajid Javid who has written to Bromsgrove District Council leader, Cllr Margaret Sherrey, inviting her to reconsider and change council policy so that the money can be passed on to local communities.

Hagley Residents Action Group spokesman Peter Rowbottom said: "It's most disappointing that for the past four years the ruling Conservative group at Bromsgrove District Council have repeatedly voted for the New Homes Bonus money to be kept from local affected communities.

"Surely now, with over 1,400 people signing the petition, numerous parish councils asking for the money to be passed on and Bromsgrove MP and cabinet minister Sajid Javid also asking the council leader to reconsider the policy, it's time for the council to do the right thing and hand this money over to deserving communities for spending on much needed improvements to facilities and community groups."

Cllr Sherrey said: "We have a working group, waiting to meet again - hopefully in September. "I can not commit, yes or no, while it is going through the process, and needs to be considered within the council's budget."

The cross party committee is expected to submit a report to a full council meeting next month making recommendations before a vote is taken on what the money should be used for.

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2:00pm Sun 7 Sep 14

DAVID1875 says...

For the Hagley area alone Bromsgrove Council will be receiving some £2.5 million under the New Homes Bonus Scheme over 6 years. Even just a portion of this could result in hundreds of thousands of pounds being made available to the Hagley community for spending on much needed improvements to the community centre, scouts and guides facilities, local tennis, cricket and football facilities. There is no legitimate reason why Bromsgrove Council should not alter their policy and pass this money on - this after all was the whole intention of the Scheme, for communities to benefit directly!
For the Hagley area alone Bromsgrove Council will be receiving some £2.5 million under the New Homes Bonus Scheme over 6 years. Even just a portion of this could result in hundreds of thousands of pounds being made available to the Hagley community for spending on much needed improvements to the community centre, scouts and guides facilities, local tennis, cricket and football facilities. There is no legitimate reason why Bromsgrove Council should not alter their policy and pass this money on - this after all was the whole intention of the Scheme, for communities to benefit directly! DAVID1875
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8:32pm Sun 7 Sep 14

Simon BGRA says...

I couldn't agree more....... I live in Barnt Green and want Bromsgrove to pass on the monies from the forthcoming development which will increase the size of our village by 12%. Bromsgrove Council appears to have little interest in looking after the villages it is meant to serve - even a small proportion of the New Homes Bonus money would make a real difference. Simon
I couldn't agree more....... I live in Barnt Green and want Bromsgrove to pass on the monies from the forthcoming development which will increase the size of our village by 12%. Bromsgrove Council appears to have little interest in looking after the villages it is meant to serve - even a small proportion of the New Homes Bonus money would make a real difference. Simon Simon BGRA
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11:18pm Sun 7 Sep 14

frandroid says...

I am sure lots of communities would find this money could make a huge difference to their daily lives and help lay foundations for the future of their villages and towns. It would really help the outlying villages in particular that haven't received funding for services for many years and give them a boost to modernise and improve falling down facilities.
I am sure lots of communities would find this money could make a huge difference to their daily lives and help lay foundations for the future of their villages and towns. It would really help the outlying villages in particular that haven't received funding for services for many years and give them a boost to modernise and improve falling down facilities. frandroid
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