Grimsargh Parish Council is considering moves to retain the village’s historic and natural charm as a classic Lancashire village by gaining conservation status.
Grimsargh Parish Council chairman Coun Eileen Murray said there was lively debate at a public meeting to discuss the conservation area proposals for Grimsargh last week in the village hall.
The draft proposals produced by a working group of the parish council were presented at the meeting and there were two officers from Preston City Council also on hand to provide general details on conservation areas and answer questions.
There were questionnaires on hand for residents who wish to take part in the poll the parish council is currently carrying out to find out residents’ views on the principle of ‘Conservation Area Status’for parts of the village.
Coun Murray said: “As expected, there were some strident views expressed and there are significant variances in opinions, ranging from those who are passionately in favour of Conservation Area Status for the benefits they believe it will give to the village, to those who are strongly opposed to the restrictions they see it will bring for residents.
“There were also some who were clearly undecided. A chief aim of the parish council is to ensure everyone has the opportunity to find out as much as possible about the facts and, therefore, be best placed to give an informed judgement in the poll we are taking.”
For those who were unable to attend the meeting, she said there is a transcript of the questions and answers on the Grimsargh Parish Council website, together with details of the draft proposal, a map and links to lots of further information.
There are also hard copies available in the village’s Post Office, together with copies of the questionnaire.
Voting on the proposals finishes at 5pm on Friday, March 15.
The parish council will then compile and analyse the consultation results and the next steps will be established from there, said Coun Murray.
She went on to say conservation areas are defined as “areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.
Should the council decide to take the project furthers it would then be up to Preston Council to designate the conservation area after further consultation with residents.
Coun Murray added that the council’s key aim is to try to get everyone as well informed as possible.
“I’m a great believer in giving people as much of the fact as possible and then letting them make their own informed decisions,” she added
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