RESIDENTS had their chance to have a say on a plan which will shape the future of Aldingbourne.
In the first hour, 24 residents had already turned up to a consultation event on the Aldingbourne neighbourhood plan last Thursday.
Louise Beaton, a member of the neighbourhood plan group, said: “We have had a lot of questions on flooding as that is a real concern in the area, last Christmas Nyton Road was closed for three weeks.
“Through a survey of small business, we also found many of them wanted more room to expand which we haven’t got so we have tried to look at that as part of the plan.
“We have also had a lot of concern on Arun District Council’s plan for the A29.
“People are worried that closing the crossing would split the village in half meaning people wouldn’t be able to get from one end to the other without going a long way around.”
The plan has also looked at three possible sites for some 30 homes that need to be provided in the next 15 years.
Neighbourhood plan group member Laurie Ward said they had faced problems separating the neighbourhood plan from Arun District Council’s local plan.
He said: “People think it is the same thing. We have spent a lot of time trying to get through to people they are different. The neighbourhood plan is for Aldingbourne. It concentrates on Aldingbourne and it gives residents the chance to have their say. We have had people saying they won’t vote for it because they think it is Arun’s plan which includes the 2,000-plus homes, but that is not the case.”
Mr Ward also urged people to fill in the Aldingbourne Parish Neighbourhood Development plan survey if the have not already done so. It can be found online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Aldingbourne.