Update: Councillor’s vote to abandon the Neighbourhood Plan. At January’s meeting of Full Council in a narrow 7-6 vote, Councillors decide to stop work, and instead use the evidence gathered by volunteers to refresh Top of the Weald – A Vision for Crowborough.
The Neighbourhood Plan was supposed to give residents greater influence in shaping future development in Crowborough, as well as ensuring the Town Council gets a greater share of money from developers to pay for new community facilities.
At the Steering Group meeting on 7th October, Chairman volunteer Charles Tankard walked-in at the last moment and asked the two Town Councillors present whether the Town Council had confidence in the plan? He then flung his resignation letter across the table and walked-out.
In the past Councillors on the Planning and Development Committee have expressed concern about the lack of public participation in the four working groups.
Most of the £30,000 set aside by the Town Council has already been spent on consultancy fees and paying for a housing needs survey to be conducted.
The Town Council is now planning to call a crisis meeting with the last few remaining volunteers to decide what to do.