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Council investment plans for parish

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

Plans are in the pipeline for a major investment in Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook. On Tuesday (February 9) Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s cabinet rubber-stamped a £200,000 cash pot for a ‘Forsbrook Community Project.’

Plans are in the pipeline for a major investment in Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook.

On Tuesday (February 9) Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s cabinet rubber-stamped a £200,000 cash pot for a ‘Forsbrook Community Project.’

And the council agreed to spend £100,000 on architects, surveyors and commercial advisors as part of a Blythe Bridge ‘strategic investment site masterplan and phase two delivery.’

Last month the Blythe and Forsbrook Times reported on a £100,000 loan taken out by Forsbrook Parish Council to fund a development project at the former police post.

In documents supporting the agenda for yesterday’s cabinet meeting, the £100,000 allocated to ‘Forsbrook Community Project’ was described as a: “Partnership contribution and loan towards development of a community facilities and improvements to car parking services.”

Later, the cabinet signed off on a: “Blythe Bridge strategic investment site masterplan and phase two delivery plan (One Off – Consultancy support).

Multidisciplinary team of consultants (architects/commercial advisors/surveyors) – to prepare a Masterplan and provide advice on infrastructure requirements, design, development and management options for a mixed use development site.

Joint Commission with SCC Revenue Regeneration £100,000 (est).”

While it’s not clear if the Forsbrook Community Project and the ‘Blythe Bridge strategic investment site’ are linked to plans for the former police post in Blythe Bridge, plans for the site have been put together by a partnership including Forsbrook Parish Council, Aspire Housing, Blythe Bridge Care and Fun Club, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Staffordshire County Council.

The former police post was one of eight to be sold off as announced by the Office of Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner in 2019.

The site includes two pairs of semi-detached buildings, private car parking and additional land, which Jon Flowith & Partners Property Consultants said: “May be suitable for development subject to planning permission.”

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have been approached for comment about this investment, but at the time of print, had not yet responded.

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