Longford Councillor hopes concerns raised about spatial strategy are taken on board by planners

Longford Independent councillor Mae Sexton says she’s cautiously optimistic that officials are going to take heed of serious local concerns about the draft spatial strategy which will decide future planning in the county.

She was speaking following a special council meeting held this week to debate the strategy which is being drawn up by the East Midlands Regional Assembly.

The Assembly is dominated by members from eastern counties like Dublin and Wicklow and Longford councillors say plans to cap population growth in small towns would cause huge damage to efforts to revive economies.

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While the Regional Assembly initially refused an invitation to meet with Longford councillors, two executive members did attend at a meeting this week which also saw councillors from Westmeath and Laois, and Deputies Kevin Boxer Moran and Robert Troy in attendance.

Councillor Mae Sexton says councillors left the regional assembly executive in no doubt as to their concerns about this strategy and she’s hopeful that changes will be made as a result…