Community land trust for Great Yarmouth area villages is perfect example of localism

The meeting was held in Belton. Picture: James Bass

The meeting was held in Belton. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2012

The chairman of a new community body that will look at affordable homes in villages in the Great Yarmouth area says it is a great example of localism in action.

Adrian Myers has been elected as chairman of the Lothingland Rural Community Land Trust that covers Belton, Browston, Burgh Castle, Fritton and St Olaves and is designed to help residents and their families stay in the locality.

The trust will see the five communities develop and manage new affordable homes where they live with assets owned by the community.

A meeting on establishing trustees and members at Belton New Road Sports Centre also saw Andy Grant elected as vice chairman and trustees come forward for Belton and Burgh Castle.

Both Mr Myers and Mr Grant are borough councillors for the area.

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Mr Myers said: 'I feel as does Andy, that this is a great opportunity to take localism right to its roots.

'It is a little known fact that probably the biggest CLT that is running today is Letchworth Garden City.

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'The residents are part owners and investors in the town.

'There is still room for more trustees and we would welcome anyone interested in being one, to contact me or Mr Grant, especially from Fritton/St Olaves, as we do have trustees from Belton and Burgh Castle.

'Anyone with secretarial skills would be most welcome. ?

'We would also welcome any residents who wish to become members and thus have voting rights and a vital say in how the trust can best achieve its aims.

'The more members we have the greater and diverse the input.' ?Members can join by paying a £1 fee and are protected liability wise to a £1.

Trustees are protected by an insurance scheme that is used widely by other community land trust.

The next meeting of the Lothingland Rural Community Land Trust is at the New Road Centre in Belton on Wednesday, November 15.

Doors for the community trust meeting will be open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Mr Myers added: 'So please do come alone, even if you do not wish to join the CLT you will at least get an insight into what we wish to achieve in our villages and why.'

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