THROUGH the columns of your newspaper, please can I appeal to Stonehouse district councillors to review their stance regarding housing on the Ship Inn site, writes Deborah Curtis.

The last few weeks have seen hundreds of local people become galvanised by the possibilities offered by this land.

There is now a huge amount of energy and optimism about how the site could be developed for the benefit of the whole community.

The decisions made about this land will have implications for years to come.

It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Stonehouse and its residents – particularly our young people.

I would ask our councillors to please listen to the people they represent and work with them, and all the other stakeholders, to find an exciting way forward for this land.

This issue is about people and community, and the potential this site has in making a significant positive impact on the future prosperity of Stonehouse – the town they have all served with whole-hearted commitment for many years and in which they all have tremendous pride and belief.

Now is the time to move forwards with clear-sighted objectivity – listening to, and in consultation with, the people of Stonehouse.

There is huge grassroots enthusiasm for a community use for the Ship Inn site, and I would ask that our district councillors hear this appeal and lend their support, knowledge and expertise to create a lasting legacy and ensure the land’s successful redevelopment in a way that will be a win-win for everyone.

Deborah Curtis