Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete one of our surveys. Over 9,000 were circulated, and over 1,000 were returned. They have been carefully analysed and data checked. We have had impressive numbers of responses from residents in Bridgnorth Town, Tasley, and Worfield & Rudge Parishes. Wherever people live, they do not agree with deleting our greenbelt for future development.
You can download the survey results as a PDF here: Save Bridgnorth Greenbelt-Survey
Most importantly 98% of people want to protect our greenbelt.
95% say Bridgnorth has small to no capacity for absorbing more development
81% think Shropshire Council are untrustworthy
Town and Parish Councils, and County Councillors should now listen to the people and unequivocally object to the allocation of any land in the greenbelt. They should, as per their statutory duties in the Statement of Community Involvement, galvanise and be a conduit for the views of the residents in the Bridgnorth Place Plan Area. The lack of proper democratic representation has been one of the scandals of this local plan review to date, it’s not good enough. Residents have a right to have a say in how plans are shaped and decided.
Town and Parish councils have no power to allocate sites, no matter what silly votes they take, only Shropshire Council have that power. Because they are not ‘decision makers’, Town and Parish Councils do not have to be impartial, they can firmly take the side of their residents, that’s their job. Town and Parish councils have a duty to act in the public interest and to represent residents’ views.