Regeneration blueprint to go on display

AN action plan to help regenerate two communities is ready to be taken forward after a lengthy consultation on the scheme ended.

Community leaders have worked with the public over the last 12 months to come up with a ‘Draft Town Plan’ for Crowle and Ealand.

The draft included a 20 point action plan which was drawn up from the results of a public survey in which more than 1,000 people responded with suggestions of how to improve the area.

The consultation on the draft drew to a close yesterday and the Crowle and Ealand Future Group will now formally publish it as a public document.

Group secretary Paul McArtan, 33, of Crowle, said: “We are very pleased with how many responses we got.

“A lot of people said they want to see more facilities for young people and the continued redevelopment of Crowle Market Place.

“In January we aim to put the document in public places such as the library for people to look at.”

Some of the issues identified in the draft plan have already been addressed.

This includes the building of skate parks in Crowle and Ealand after people said they would like to see more provision for youth activities.

A number of extra waste bins have also been installed following concerns of excessive dog fouling on walking routes.

A wish list for the second phase of work on Crowle Market Place was also put forward.

This includes having public toilets with baby changing facilities, having a coffee shop in Crowle town centre and the possibility of a farmers’ market.

The plan says all is being considered as part of the Crowle Market Place development.

Mr McArtan said the aim is for Crowle and Ealand Town Council and North Lincolnshire Council to work with residents to develop ideas identified in the plan.

He said: “There are plenty of community groups in the area and we will work together on things like funding applications.

“This document will serve as an official record of what people want and how we should be pushing improvements forward.”