A community plan for Crowle and Ealand has been officially launched after 18 months of gathering views of residents and businesses.
The plan is one that best reflects the concerns of the people who will be affected by it, say members of the Crowle and Ealand Future Group, who formed to ensure that that would be the case.
CEF secretary Paul McCartan said: “It has been a long process with lots of involvement from locals. We hope that the plan, which is produced directly from residents’ comments, can be used by local groups and North Lincolnshire Council to help in the development of the area for the future.”
Feedback was gained via questionnaires, both in paper form and online, stalls at shows and canvassing in Crowle market place.
Key points included in the draft are that the “village feel”, character and conservation of the town is retained. Use of an empty building in the town square is to be investigated, and schools involved in making other empty buildings look more attractive.
Networking and helping the town’s businesses to discover advertising opportunities could also lead to a new business forum.
Farmers’ markets and craft fayres, and a possible coffee shop in the market place are all future options. And there is a proposal for new public toilets with baby changing facilities.
Further facilities could include a leisure centre, wildlife centre, cycle paths and a variety of shops.
And potential activities for children and young people are under scrutiny.
It is also considered vital to ensure a good infrastructure for new housing, and the group wants a full road appraisal by North Lincolnshire Council planners.
Speed enforcement for problem roads in Crowle and Ealand will be investigated, looking at the possibility of installation of flashing speed signs where necessary.
And as with many areas, the dog fouling nuisance of public areas needs to be tackled, with more publicising of enforcement procedures. Mr McCartan, 33, of Crowle, said: “We are very pleased with how many responses we got for the plan. A lot of people said they want to see more facilities for young people and the continued redevelopment of Crowle Market Place.”
Some issues identified in the draft plan have already been addressed. This includes the building of skate parks in Crowle and Ealand in response to the demand for more provision of youth activities. Mr McCartan said the town council and North Lincs Council will work with residents.