Giving rural village a community ‘heart’

Keith Walker, Sara Fryars,Tom Pridmore, Kath Smith, John Highton, from Richard Dumbreck's Singleton Trust.

Keith Walker, Sara Fryars,Tom Pridmore, Kath Smith, John Highton, from Richard Dumbreck's Singleton Trust.

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Have your say

A Trust is calling on people to help give their village “a heart”.

Two consultation events will be held in Singleton over the next fortnight to give members of the public their chance to air their views on how they would like to see it developed in the coming year.

Richard Dumbreck’s Singleton Trust, which owns more than 30 houses as well as parkland in the village, is calling on villagers to have their say.

Chairman Keith Walker said: “Unfortunately at the moment Singleton doesn’t have a heart to it like a village green and we’ve also talked a little about potential developments.

“I think people would be happy to see more developments in derelict places like Singleton kennels, but we want to be sensitive to the wishes of the residents.

“In fairness there are people within the local community who don’t want anything putting in Singleton because they almost don’t want to live anywhere bigger. One of our concerns is the school because it has an excellent reputation and good standards. It’s fantastic but it needs more pupils. At the end of the day we’re not trying to force anything on anybody. We want to try to understand the majority of the people here.”

The Trust was founded after the death of Richard Dumbreck, in 2003, who owned a large amount of land.

It is hoped through the consultation the Trust can identify potential future uses for the land which it owns.

The first of the sessions will take place on Sunday October 20 between 6.15pm and 8.30pm. The second will take place at the same venue on Wednesday October 23 between 7pm to 8.30pm.

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