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Traffic and schooling top Ashbourne's Local Plan agenda

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

Traffic chaos on Ashbourne's Bank Holiday

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TACKLING traffic and providing adequate school places are two topics rushed into an agenda for a meeting to discuss Ashbourne's future next week as a question mark remains over the district's Local Plan.

The crucial document, which will affect the shape of the town and surrounding area, was being examined last week and members of the Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are meeting next Wednesday at 7pm in the Town Hall to discuss its effects.

By picking out key points mentioned during the three-day examination, the group hopes to draw up its own new policies for relieving traffic and protecting the overall health of the town.

Group member Albert Golding said: "We will be bringing forward for discussion new policies and proposals for tackling traffic congestion in the town as well as looking at those areas and views that make Ashbourne so striking as a market town in a rural setting. In addition, we will be looking at what community services, especially school provision, need new investment to cope with the planned additional demand from new housing growth.

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"August 6th is your chance to protect and enhance Ashbourne in a period of planned growth.

"We need to protect and enhance the character and identity of the town while also ensuring that its community services are improved to meet the new needs of economic growth."

For details, visit www.ashbourneplan.org

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