Residents refused entry at AVBC meeting

Amber Valley Borough Council has been criticised today for denying residents their freedom of speech at yesterdays council meeting. This meeting comes after the Council has been requested to submit various sites into their revised core strategy around the borough, after pressure was applied to the council by inspector Roy Foster.

AVBC held a full meeting yesterday to discuss the controversial sites, which include the development off Kedleston Road, on the Kedleston Estate, for a prospect 400 homes.

Members of the public and local resident who travelled to Ripley Town Hall, where the meeting was taking place, were refused entry by council stewards, and denied access to the so called 'public meeting'.

Many residents were denied the right to speak about the various sites in question, and their opinions disallowed before a decision was made by local planners to consider entering these sites into the councils core strategy.

The police were called to the Town Hall to escort concerned residents off the premises as the meeting began without public involvement.

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