March residents call for more shops, schools and a bypass

March Town Plan meeting at Oliver Cromwell Hotel.'left to right Jan French, Rob Skoulding, Derek McKenzie (MTP) and Andrew Pugh ANL-150322-161310009
March Town Plan meeting at Oliver Cromwell Hotel.'left to right Jan French, Rob Skoulding, Derek McKenzie (MTP) and Andrew Pugh ANL-150322-161310009
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Big name shops, a by-pass and more schools are some of the things people want to see in the future for March.

Up to 100 people went along to the Oliver Cromwell Hotel to have their say on March Town Council’s draft neighbourhood plan.

After years of planning and consultation with residents, the town council put together its blueprint of how March should develop in the future.

Town mayor Kit Owen was pleased with the response to the event, which was held on Friday and Saturday.

He said: “There were a lot of positive and sensible suggestions made. We received a lot of useful suggestions.”

People who went along to the event called for additional primary and secondary schools to be built in the town.

Residents would also like to see larger big name shops, such as Next, New Look or Marks and Spencer, in town.

Mr Owen said: “The trouble is we haven’t got big store availability as we have reasonably small units.

“Some areas of the town could be refurbished.”

There are hopes that The Acre site will be demolished and refurbished.

Calls were also made during the session for another bypass to ease traffic problems in the town.

Mr Owen said residents had called for a by-pass on the eastern side of the town.

Following on from this event, the council will run a six-week consultation period, which ends on Friday, May 1.

Once adopted, the final plan will play a key role in deciding future planning applications.

Copies of the draft plan can now be downloaded from the town council’s website at: www.marchtowncouncil.gov.uk along with a copy of the official comments form.