'Neglected' Dalton town council sets its own course

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14 September 2017 4:37PM

A FEUD threatens to divide communities after it was claimed a local authority has "neglected" the interests of a town.

Four hundred houses could be built in Dalton after being set out by Barrow Borough Council's blueprint for future growth - the local plan.

This move has been heaped with scorn by Dalton Town Council, which has voted unanimously to create its own neighbourhood plan, to have a greater say over the area's future.

Dalton town councillor Liz Colver, who represents the Anty-Cross and Newton ward, said: "We wanted to give the people of Dalton more say in the housing and infrastructure, rather than having it imposed on them by the council.

We want to remain Dalton, not being joined up with Barrow

"We are aware there is already a local plan going through to the inspector; we can't do much about that but this is for the future."

A neighbourhood plan would help Daltonians shape how their town grows in the coming years. It grants them power under the 2011 Localism Act to help shape development and infrastructure in local communities.

Cllr Colver said there had been a growing frustration among councillors and townsfolk that the needs of Dalton were being persistently overlooked by their larger neighbour.

The source of greatest frustration was over the volume of houses set out in the local plan to be built over the next decade.

Cllr Colver said: "400 over the next 15 years - we think that is too many.

"There isn't a loud enough voice being made on the borough council, we feel neglected and our voice is not being listened to. We want to remain Dalton, not being joined up with Barrow."

The local plan is a document created by the borough council outlining to central government its plan for growth over a 15-year period.

Leader of the borough council, Councillor Dave Pidduck, said the news was unfortunate but conceded that hard decisions had to be made when defining the future of the borough.

He said: "Dalton has always been different to Barrow, however, the Dalton councillors that sit on Barrow Borough Council have equal representation; they do represent Dalton and do it very well.

"Difficult decisions have to be made for 15 years down the line. I have admiration for our officers who worked very hard to put together the local plan. It's not an easy job and takes a long time."

He added: "When I talk about the borough, it's about all the borough, not just Barrow. What we achieve, we will do so by working together."

Dalton Town Council will hold a mini-consultation for residents to have their say on any future neighbourhood plan.

Volunteers gathering information for any future neighbourhood plan will be in Market Street, Dalton, between 11.30am-1pm on Friday 15 and Saturday September 16, and 4pm-5.30pm on Friday September 22.

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Find out just what the local plan contains with our comprehensive roundup here

One of the council's priorities is the successful delivery of the town's marina development

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Alison   ROBB , Dalton-in-Furness Wednesday, 20 September, 2017 at 9:26PM
Fantastic very positive move forward.
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june   leake , dalton Tuesday, 19 September, 2017 at 10:09AM
well done clr liz colver and Dalton council for voting for a neighbourhood plan.Barrow BC has neglected and bullied Dalton for long enough.
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Ian   Barrie , Dalton Monday, 18 September, 2017 at 4:42PM
A Neighbourhood Plan for Dalton is essential .The BB Council has neglected Dalton for long enough. Well done Dalton Council and Clr Liz Colver for unanimously voting to involve residents and create one.
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Lynda   Dixon , Newton in Furness Monday, 18 September, 2017 at 4:17PM
Thanks to Cllr Colver for supporting the people of Dalton and Newton . We need a neighbourhood plan which will enable us to have more say In the future development of the town and of Newton village.
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Ronnie   Coulson , Dalton Monday, 18 September, 2017 at 2:49PM
Well done Liz colver no more 2nd best
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Kay   Dixon , Dalton Monday, 18 September, 2017 at 11:01AM
Am in full agreement with this article.
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R   Dixon , Dalton Monday, 18 September, 2017 at 8:17AM
Totally agree with Cllr Colver on this, I think its a great move for Dalton to have more say in its own development.
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Peter   Helme , Dalton Sunday, 17 September, 2017 at 9:13PM
Totally agree with dalton having a neighbourhood plan
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Dan   Berry , Dalton Sunday, 17 September, 2017 at 8:02AM
Well done councilor Colver for fighting for Daltonions you have our full support, I only hope Dalton councillors are supporting you too!
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Dan   Fenwick , Dalton Thursday, 14 September, 2017 at 6:43PM
Well done Dalton councillors for putting the time and effort into something that will give Dalton some control over its future
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