IN YOUR report “D-day on land for ‘affordable’ homes”, the implication is that selling this much-loved green amenity area will somehow provide benefits. To the contrary, it will lower the quality of life for many people both in the immediate and in the wider area, especially the generations of children who will miss out on this safe playing area.
As the policy on ‘affordable’ housing is unclear at present, due to expected change in government policy, by the time any sale goes through and planning consent is applied for, this requirement will in all probability, have changed, giving the developer carte blanche to make a killing. Mr Edwards says that council officers paid visits to the site to make sure notices were displayed.
This is NOT the case, as any signs were replaced by concerned residents who were dismayed at the covert way this whole disgraceful affair had been conducted.
The only clue or warning of the proposed sale had been a tiny mention in a cabinet meeting report and a small advertisement in the property section of this newspaper.
Apart from the reported nine letters of objection, a petition was taken round, which gained 151 signatures in a couple of days. There would have been many more, if we’d been given more time to object.
Apart from the serious flooding in the area, is the concern that if the flood plain is built on and paved, the houses on Linden Road are under threat of collapse, as the clay they are built on dries out, and due to the ridiculously inadequate foundations they were built on back in the 1930s.
Surely there are brown-field sites that can be utilised for housing, without destroying people’s lives. Dean Road would have made a prime housing site, for instance.