A GROUP of villagers in Weedon have launched a petition today (Monday) against the building of a new housing estate.
The petition launch follows a public meeting where hundreds of residents expressed concerns over the plans by speculative developers Gladman to build 155 houses in a site off New Street, the main route that runs through the village.
Issues they voiced included the potential increased flooding in an area that regularly floods, heightened traffic on a very busy, narrow road, site traffic and the strain on local services such as the doctors and dentist and the currently oversubscribed primary school.
Weedon resident and mum of three Kit Edwards commented: “If the development goes ahead it will undoubtedly have an impact on the whole village. The primary school is currently at capacity and it is heart breaking to hear that last year several children who live in the village didn’t get into the primary school as it is over subscribed.
“I have young children and I want them to grow and learn at the village primary school with their siblings and friends that they have grown up with. I would therefore urge councillors to reject the plans as a development on this scale is completely inappropriate and potentially detrimental to the village.”
MP for the area, Chris Heaton-Harris is giving his support to the overwhelming opposition “It was impressive to see how such a large group in the local community have come together to fight this proposed speculative development – and I am happy to help them in this campaign.”
The Weedon Action Grouphas been set up to inform residents and concentrate efforts fighting against the development.
Many posters have appeared around the village alongside the website www.weedonaction.co.uk and an active Facebook page entitled Weedon Residents Against New Street Development.
Residents are sharing their concerns and daily posting photos of congestion and flooding. There is also a twitter account @weedonaction which is being used to keep people up to date with progress.
Dale Langley from the campaign group hopes the petition will help fight the development. He said: “Villagers really do feel strongly about this damaging development. We are receiving lots of support and positive responses from people which is really encouraging. The petition signatures are increasing hourly illustrating just how strongly people feel about this development.
“We are trying to reach as many people as possible to join the fight please sign our petition via our website www.weedonaction.co.uk and help us reach 2,000 signatures.”
For more information visit www.weedonaction.co.uk, follow the group on Twitter @weedonaction or join our Facebook page Weedon Residents Against New Street Development.