More than 300 people sign petition against car park regeneration plans

Residents opposed to the regeneration of a car park in Wellingborough town centre are being urged to make their voices heard.

Hundreds of people attended a meeting to discuss the future of Jackson’s Lane car park and plans to build 85 houses and 29 apartments on the site.

So far more than 300 people have signed a petition against the proposals.

A panel made up of Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, Leader of Wellingborough Council Cllr Martin Griffiths, Cllr Valerie Anslow, Cllr Jon Ekins and Cllr Graham Lawman, took questions from members of the public.

Cllr Graham Lawman posted a message on the Wellingborough News & Info Facebook page thanking people for taking the trouble to attend. He said: “It was clear that the meeting was overwhelming against the sale of the car park and the loss of parking with many good points made, including a potted history of the process. The meeting was told that any decision would be made by full council, but, with the work to be done, that may go into next year and be a special meeting at which people could attend and speak.”

Cllr Lawman thanked Revd Martha MacInnes for chairing the event and continued: “The meeting was also told about the work of a new town centre regeneration sub committee, to include looking at the parking issue across the town.

“Residents were urged to sign the petition, contact the MP, their ward councillors and the BCW M.D. to register their views then attend any meeting.”

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