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How can a lack of facilities be thought a victory?

Posted on March 30 2015 at 1:41:39

My wife and I are relatively new residents of The Oakalls – my wife was appointed as curate at St Godwald’s Church in 2013, and we moved to Verona Road in June of that year.

I don’t therefore have a great grasp of the history of the development of the estate, so your article in the March edition of The Village about the Newland Homes development prompts me to write.

Your correspondent refers in her article to the “landmark victory” achieved by the Oakalls Action Group about development of the plot of land alongside Regents Park Road.

The “victory” she mentions appears to include “no retail units” where two had earlier been proposed.  

Frankly, I am amazed that you consider no community provision as a victory. How many estates the size of The Oakalls and Parklands would be content to boast that they had no retail outlets, no surgery, no pharmacy, and no school? 

Perhaps my memory deceives me, but I thought I had heard somewhere that early on in the discussions about The Oakalls, the possibility of a school and perhaps a surgery was tabled?

No doubt all these issues were fully aired prior to my arrival, but I can’t help feeling that Bromsgrove District Council has missed an opportunity here to give the community a real asset that would not have lost the Council any income, and would have made The Oakalls an even more attractive proposition for newcomers.

Phil Saleh
The Oakalls


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