Power to the peo­ple

Salford Advertiser - - VIEWPOINTS -

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

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