Apathy: Just 11% of people voted in the Pine Grove consultation

By a 2 to 1 majority, people have voted in favour of Crowborough Town Council’s plan to buy Pine Grove to convert the offices into a business and community hub.

Pine-Grove-AtriumHowever only 11% of electors bothered to take part in the consultation.  Does the poor response and the fact insufficent candidates stood for the Town Council for there to be an election in May, indicate general disinterest in what happens in Crowborough?

Yes

1163

66%

No

609

34%

Total

1772

Leafelts were distributed to around 9,000 homes in the town, and four drop-in sessions were held in late March to enable residents to meet Councillors to ask them questions about what was being proposed.

Now, the Town Council have the backing of the consultation, the next step will be for an application to be made to the Public Works Loans Board to borrow up to £2.65 million.   At an extra-ordinary Council Meeting on 5th February, Councillors agreed to increase their share of the Council Tax bill in order to meet loan interest payments until the Hub starts to generate an income.

Planning permission has already been granted to convert the building into a Hub.  The final obstacle will be to persuade Wealden District Council’s executive to sell the building to them, rather than their current preferred bidder Bouygues UK.  Bouygues have yet to apply for planning permission to demolish the building to contruct an extra care facility.

A detail report about the consultation can be downloaded from the Council website: www.crowboroughtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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5 comments on “Apathy: Just 11% of people voted in the Pine Grove consultation
  1. So Crowborough residents are now letting themselves in for years of large council tax increases as if council tax is not high enough already here in Wealden!(Crowborough’s Town Councils share of council tax is already in the top 1% nationally)so don’t understand the apathy about such an important matter.

    • Yes may be well be true of some people but suspect that many just could not be bothered and were not aware of how this decision will increase their council tax bills in the years to come.
      With the rates already high here in Crowborough why are the Town Council proposing to burden the tax payer further with this non-essential project?

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