Vote NO at Burscough Poll on Thursday the 2oth September 2012

Burscough has Had Its Say on the Local Plan An Overwhelming NO

Despite the protests from residents, the errors in the evidence and the lack of transparent selection process, WLBC have refused to change their plans to build on greenbelt at Yew Tree Farm and Red Cat Lane in their final Local Plan.

It has become apparent that the consultation underway is a 'tick in the box' exercise that substantially ignores feedback from residents in favour of the persuasion of developers keen to maximise their profits by building on greenbelt.

Burscough has left WLBC under no illusions as to what the residents want, an overwhelming 96.3% don’t want WLBC to build a massive development disproportionate to the size of Burscough on greenbelt without thoroughly investigating and exhausting all suitable alternatives and prioritising non-greenbelt first. 1438 voted No to the question and just 55 voted Yes. There was an average turnout of 19.93% of the population of Burscough with between 14 and 40% at each polling station.

There was some confusion about polling cards caused by an article in the local free paper which inhibited some from voting but nonetheless there was an impressive turnout; at one polling station it was commented that “ we have NEVER had so many voters through the door”. BAG worked hard trying to make sure that people knew they could vote without cards and would like to thank the good people of Burscough, radio stations (particularly the Roger Phillips show), online news sites, Rosie Coopers office and all at the electoral office for their assistance in this. BAG would urge anyone who thought they couldn’t vote to lodge their protest by signing the petition and making a representation to the inspector by October 5th.

Burscough voted on Thursday 20th September on the Parish Poll Question:

“Do you want WLBC to release greenbelt at Yew Tree Farm and Red Cat Lane for developments disproportionate to the size of Burscough, without thoroughly investigating and exhausting all suitable alternatives and prioritising non-greenbelt first?”

The majority voted No.