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Maddiston villagers get say in future plans

A plan of the new housing currently being built by Falkirk Council at Parkhall Drive on the site of the old primary school

A plan of the new housing currently being built by Falkirk Council at Parkhall Drive on the site of the old primary school

 

A five-year action plan for a growing community has been drawn up to improve services, facilities and quality of life for villagers.

The proposals for Maddiston and Rumford were compiled during a nine-month consultation with residents, the community council and Falkirk Council focusing on how the village is now and how children, adults, older people and local businesses want to see it develop by 2019.

The area’s population is around 4300 – twice what it was 20 years ago – and is continuing to grow through new housing developments. But that has seen concern growing over the need for 
infrastructure to cope with the influx of families.

Maddiston Community Council, which has spearheaded the action plan, said the document will drive the community forward.

Secretary Jacquelene McDevitt said: “Importantly this document reports the views and aspirations of the community itself.

“The community council’s believes the plan is a very useful document and endorses the views that they have been voicing for a number of years that you cannot continue to build houses without providing the necessary infrastructure to support the growth in population. We should not overlook the support we received from our local councillors, local organisations, the village residents and Falkirk Council’s own officials in preparing this report.”

The action plan has still to be approved by the council. A council spokesperson said: “A report on the community action plan will go to the education executive on June 17.”

 

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