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Whitemountain & District group to hold public meeting

WITH the assessment of their first ever community survey nearing completion, Whitemountain & District Community Association is holding a ‘public’ meeting at Bridge Community Centre on April 11, starting at 7.30pm.

But it won’t be all just about the survey results as representatives from community policing, ARC 21 and local councillors have also been invited to participate in the discussion.

Chairperson of the group, John Belshaw, said: “We really hope that folk from the area might be able to attend. Some of the issues that have arisen in our survey were no great surprise and in recent weeks we have already requested action by community police to the heavy vehicle safety issues.

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“Hopefully they have also taken on board some comments raised with them at the recent DPP meeting in Stoneyford and will give an update on their progress at the meeting.”

He continued: “The more widespread issues from landfills also featured high on people’s issue list and ARC 21 have been invited to address longer term strategies on waste management and therefore hopefully address some specific ‘risk’ concerns that people have. However, it’s very unfortunate that NIEA, who monitor landfills on a frequent basis, declined to attend.”

Mr Belshaw added: “The survey itself got a return rate of over 34% which was encouraging in itself and we hope the local councillors might be able to attend and show that in the run up to elections that they can still keep a focus on real community issues rather than the usual sabre rattling between the parties.”