Harlow and Gilston Garden Town team refuse to answer questions on Stort River Crossing

General / Fri 11th Jun 2021 at 04:46pm

REPRESENTATIVES of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town team held a Facebook Live Q and A on Thursday night but refused to answer any questions on the proposed four lane highway across the River Stort.

The 45 minute session was only watched by eleven people. Most of their narrative centred around cycle tracks.

However, when a question was asked on the controversial river crossing they refused to answer stating that as there was a by-election in the ward of Mark Hall, (and the proposed crossing runs through it) they could not discuss it.

They then went on to discuss cycle tracks in the ward of Mark Hall.

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17 Comments for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town team refuse to answer questions on Stort River Crossing:

John Harlow
2021-06-11 17:42:14

It's amazing how they can spend so much time talking about the cycling infrastructure and not mention the crossing which is supposed to be part of their "plan"

Charlotte Jordan
2021-06-11 18:00:45

To not speak openly about this planned 4 lane highway, stinks to high heaven. They know it will disrupt the flow of the river Stort! It's a flood plain, which takes all the run off during heavy rainfall. You fill it with concrete, where is the water going to go? Concerned local who lives on the river Stort.

J Good
2021-06-11 18:02:20

Standard developer greenwashing.

martin chapman
2021-06-11 18:13:47

give them a back hander and they will give you all the bull shit than can but no real answers

Andy Bray
2021-06-11 18:22:52

There is a total lack of transparency from HGGT when asked questions about anything. This must be an important factor in the lack of viewers of their Facebook discussion. Of course they will interpret this in any way that suits them.

Michael Szpakowski
2021-06-11 18:28:04

Because the whole reason for these events is greenwashing. They hope that if they witter on about cycle routes and walking nobody will notice they are proposing a massive great road through a peaceful and beautiful valley. #SaveOurStort

Peter Hurst
2021-06-11 19:00:20

Disappointing that they refuse to answer questions about roads we all want to know broad details about.

Rob Hughes
2021-06-11 20:19:06

Been opposing this development for years it will be a disaster road infrastructure at present can not cope. On about new roads schools doctors etc anything to get it passed.

John Woodham
2021-06-11 20:29:31

Destruction of our Harlow wildlife habitat and where is the Environmental Impact Statement from this consortium and developers?

Edward Vine
2021-06-11 20:39:47

And the cycle routes were poorly designed being radial lines from 4 centres: routes need to interconnect different areas rather like the pattern of a spider's web, radial with concentric rings. Cyclists don't only wish to go to and from shopping centres. Re new road: everyone should lodge objections on the East Herts Council Council website. Objection submitted to Herts CC The current bridge access at A414 near Harlow Town Station could be upgraded to enable better cycle, scooter and electric buggy movement and widened to enable a dedicated public transport shuttle. A park and ride facility for commuters, visitors and shoppers near the Eastwick a414 roundabout would be a better solution. The bridge from near Pye corner to Edinburgh Way will increase pollution, traffic into the town and add to congestion especially when added to the adverse effects on the road network due to developments fromJ7A works. This does not seem to have been taken into account. We residents do not want More traffic but less. These plans disregard the ultra green model of town development and planning that other towns are leading by example. The location of the new structure is the worst and most environmentally damaging action and strategy. The foundations of the structure and the shadow under it will permanently damage several environmentally sensitive sites and so alternative green solutions must be found. Finally the consultation was invisible and inadequate and should be reopened. Inadequate consultation is surely grounds for any future decision to proceed to be subject to appeal. Letter to Your Harlow and Robert Halfon MP Sir Further to the article published about this environmentally damaging crossing the consultation period for this project apparently has closed. The concern is that the process was totally inadequate and insufficiently publicised, the announcement in YH last week was the first most of us had heard of the proposal which was not mentioned clearly in the 2017 publicity events in the town. I suggest that the consultation be reopened. I am informed from a recent Facebook posting that the situation is now as follows: "The Eastern Stort Crossing proposal is a live planning application that has been consulted upon widely, first in the summer of 2019 and then over the winter of 2020/21. While the formal consultation period has closed for the application, comments can still be made using the East Herts planning portal and using this reference number: (3/19/1051/FUL) https://publicaccess.eastherts.gov.uk/online-applications/ The application will be determined by both East Herts and Harlow Planning Committees in due course. See https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/.../harlow-and-gilston... for more detail. This plan as the general transport plans from Essex County Council past, present and future will only continue to increase traffic, congestion and pollution in the town. The environmental impact of this particular project is also of considerable concern especially when there are much more practicable and environmentally friendly options available if the current A414 crossing point were upgraded to improve cycle and public transport connections with a Park and Ride scheme for visitors, shoppers and commuters. These greener measures would do much to reduce the pressure on the town and the environment. I'd urge all readers to lodge their concerns with East Herts, Essex and Harlow planners and councillors.

John Wake
2021-06-11 21:31:26

One of the planning applications is to also widen the A414 river crossing by Harlow Town Station. However, this would not be enough to take all the extra traffic that the proposed development would generate. The root of the problem is that 10,000 houses would be built on the Green Belt north of Harlow. We must oppose the building of Harlow North (euphemistically known as the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town) altogether. The countryside to the north of Harlow is an invaluable recreational resource for the people of Harlow; it must not be destroyed.

Gerry Barker
2021-06-12 07:33:17

This is outrageous. This is being implemented by stealth. It was only two weeks ago I learnt about this proposed bypass and I live locally! I have sent a link to BBC Look east and encourage other concern people to also contact them then it may get some coverage and expose the underhand dealings taking place between the developers and the council.

Ann Best
2021-06-12 08:37:01

Absolutely appalling decision they will destroy all the beautiful countryside around Pye Corner, there must have been a lot of backhanders involved in this decision. The East Herts Council cannot even keep the general upkeep of keeping hedges trimmed and overgrown public pathways for walkers tidy yet they are going ahead with this monstrosity. We live in Eastwick Hall Lane and have a walk which goes up Cock Robin Lane to the Hunsdon Airfield, where a stream runs alongside that is absolutely overgrown with weeds, it never gets cleared and the water floods the footpath regularly, why does nobody look after this. There are several benches along this walk, but overgrown with stinging nettles and weeds so nobody can sit on them it’s a joke.

Neil Warner Baker
2021-06-12 12:54:26

I'm so proud that the people of Harlow are waking up. All these developements are supposedly in our name, I am yet to meet a single person from Harlow who is in favor of these developements See for yourself, try driving down Gilden Way Then tell the Council... This Developement is... A BRIDGE TOO FAR

Edward Huxtable
2021-06-12 17:36:27

They should spend the money on refurbishing the town centre. It's a disgrace

james nicholson
2021-06-13 09:12:31

Don't vote for the same old same old then, vote for the candidate for Mark Hall who IS commenting on it, Jamie Gilbert of the greens

Gerry Barker
2021-06-14 21:46:58

Whether it true or not I was told today that the 4 Lane bypass will go ahead no matter what as the government want an easy and securable access to the new Public health England project which is to be the New Porton Down!! Apparently this has been discussed along with safety scenarios with emergency the services.

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