Pow urged to ask questions
Stoke St Mary Parish Council have urged local resident and MP for Taunton, Rebecca Pow to start asking questions about a land deal. The chair of the Parish Council has written to the MP asking her to get involved.
This follows the sale of land to Taylor Wimpey last year at agricultural land prices. This was despite the proximity of the land to the Nexus 25 business park and the new route of the A358 as it links to the M5. Agricultural land prices are around 2% of development land value.
There will be a full article explaining the land deal, the loss to the tax payer and some of the more opaque aspects to it in the next edition of The Leveller®. We understand that there are already plans for others to ask questions in the House when it reconvenes in the Autumn. It would be disappointing for residents if their own MP was not foremost among those with questions.
The Taunton MP who is now Minister of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, lives in the village. So this land deal should be well and truly within her brief.