Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
David, Russell and Ted defeat cemetery proposal for Grange Park In December 2017, Southfields councillor David Hayes, spotted an attempt by officers to force through a proposal to build an extension to Loughborough cemetery at the top of Allendale Road. David immediately contacted Cabinet member Paul Mercer, who represents the neighbouring Southfields Ward on Charnwood alongside Ted Parton, and he successfully intervened to delay this proposal which, they believed, was totally unacceptable. Before any proposal goes to Cabinet it needs to be considered by the Oversight Scrutiny Group but, to our irritation, nothing was done to question this proposal by either Labour or Conservative councillors. The campaign was then taken up by local resident Russell Ford who circulated an online opinion poll to Grange Park residents and with almost 100 responses the results were: 96.7% were opposed to the idea of building a cemetery on Allendale Road. 36.3% thought the council should subsidise public cemeteries David succeeded in having the matter referred back to Cabinet and, as a result of intense lobbying by Paul, the resolution was amended and there are essentially three changes that occurred: Instead of agreeing to the proposal it is now only a ‘preferred option’. Officers have agreed to look at whether it is possible to insulate the Grange Park estate with a recreation/play area. There will be a full consultation exercise before this happens. Having examined the reports, the lead member for Loughborough on the Cabinet, Jenny Boker, believes that it was a mistake even to suggest Allendale Road as a potential site. “This area had always been designated for recreational purposes and I can understand the outrage that local residents felt having bought a house in the area only to discover that it could be adjacent to a cemetery. I am also conscious that there are already traffic issues in the area and it would be inappropriate to put further pressure on the local road network. Although this site is still theoretically an option I have no doubt now that, following the intense campaigning by David, Ted and Russell, both officers and councillors know that it is unacceptable to site it here”.
Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
David, Russell and Ted defeat cemetery proposal for Grange Park In December 2017, Southfields councillor David Hayes, spotted an attempt by officers to force through a proposal to build an extension to Loughborough cemetery at the top of Allendale Road. David immediately contacted Cabinet member Paul Mercer, who represents the neighbouring Southfields Ward on Charnwood alongside Ted Parton, and he successfully intervened to delay this proposal which, they believed, was totally unacceptable. Before any proposal goes to Cabinet it needs to be considered by the Oversight Scrutiny Group but, to our irritation, nothing was done to question this proposal by either Labour or Conservative councillors. The campaign was then taken up by local resident Russell Ford who circulated an online opinion poll to Grange Park residents and with almost 100 responses the results were: 96.7% were opposed to the idea of building a cemetery on Allendale Road. 36.3% thought the council should subsidise public cemeteries David succeeded in having the matter referred back to Cabinet and, as a result of intense lobbying by Paul, the resolution was amended and there are essentially three changes that occurred: Instead of agreeing to the proposal it is now only a ‘preferred option’. Officers have agreed to look at whether it is possible to insulate the Grange Park estate with a recreation/play area. There will be a full consultation exercise before this happens. Having examined the reports, the lead member for Loughborough on the Cabinet, Jenny Boker, believes that it was a mistake even to suggest Allendale Road as a potential site. “This area had always been designated for recreational purposes and I can understand the outrage that local residents felt having bought a house in the area only to discover that it could be adjacent to a cemetery. I am also conscious that there are already traffic issues in the area and it would be inappropriate to put further pressure on the local road network. Although this site is still theoretically an option I have no doubt now that, following the intense campaigning by David, Ted and Russell, both officers and councillors know that it is unacceptable to site it here”.