Power to the people
THE headline ‘Greenfield site is saved’ (M.E.N., March 28) is an example of what can be achieved if enough people organise and resist inappropriate development.
Salford council deserves credit for hiring a barrister for a public hearing about the Peel Group wanting to build 600 houses on the greenway between Worsley and Monton. He brilliantly demolished the justification for this proposal on the basis of The City’s Unitary Development Plan, backed up by extensive evidence provided by many residents and members of the RAID protest group.
Volunteers spent a great deal of time measuring traffic movement and levels of air pollution, which were not considered worthy of mention by the council until the government’s own figures stopped the intended use of the motorway hard shoulder.
The inspector’s report clearly reflects the weight of evidence presented and the level of public concern shown, with many residents attending the hearing daily.
Now we read (M.E.N. April 2) that Peel wants to build 3,000 homes near the Trafford Centre with even more shops. Besides disregarding many available brown field sites in Salford, this ignores existing overload design capacity of the motorway and it remains to be seen whether the smart measures currently being installed will be adequate. Bill Newham, Worsley