Planning Application: River Stort Crossing
News / Sat 12th Jun 2021 at 08:41am
A NUMBER of readers have asked for details of the planning application which could see a four lane highway cut right through a Harlow beauty spot.
If you go to the East Herts council website. Link below.
Then put in number 3/19/1051/FUL
Outrageous defile the green belt, kill the wildlife just so you can cut 2 mins of a journey. We all think we can make a difference But the planners will pass this, Of that I have no doubt, but is right to allow decimation of our country side. No No No.
Outrageous devastation of a natural reserve. Destroying many species of flora and fauna ! Should under no circumstances be allowed !!!
They reintroduced otters to the stort a few years back and they have been seen directly in the area this concrete monstrosity will inhabit. We also have issues with flooding on the stort, which more encroachment of the flood plains will surely exacerbate. Additionally this will mean a high volume of vehicles trying to access the A414 from 2 directions instead of one, which will result in an already very busy roundabout becoming an impossible traffic jam. Apparently, this was also not the preferred option for this roadway! Why can existing roadways crossing the stort not be strengthened and if necessary, widened? This would not create more traffic issues and would not impact the flora and fauna around the stort to such a degree? How can Harlow continue to be called a 'graden town' when its valuable green spaces are being built over with no regard for the impact on the local environment?
There is also a planning application to widen the existing crossing of the Stort by Harlow Town Railway Station. Both this widening of the existing crossing, and the construction of the new crossing, are essential parts of the project known as Harlow North (or the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town as the despoilers call it). It is planned to build nearly 10,000 houses to the north of Harlow, and both the new crossing and the widened existing crossing would be necessary to take the increased traffic. This is one of the reasons that the Harlow North/“Garden Town” project must be stopped. The new development is in effect another town. It does not make sense to build a new town adjacent to an existing town. The Green Belts were designed to stop unsightly sprawl. Harlow North would be an unsightly sprawl that would destroy countryside that is a recreational resource for many people in Harlow. The Green Belt must be respected.
Seems to me that this is a sledgehammer to crack a nut. I always felt that the existing crossing should be widened to avoid the substantial queueing up to the roundabout close to the pet food store and this would tie in with the widening of Edinburgh Way. There is ample room to do it and the cost would be a fraction of the proposed new river crossing which I feel strongly is unnecessary. The terrible thing about concrete is once its in place it is there for life and generations ahead will be visiting the Harlow Museum to see how beautiful it all looked before the the river crossing was built. Progress isn't always progress but an abomination.
Well if nothing else... the drug dealers, thieves, travellers and other unsavoury characters that plague Harlow, will have easy access to new "stomping" grounds, with easy escape routes. Edinburgh way will also be more of a nightmare to "navigate" at "rush hours". Did these things even come into consideration?
Why could they not build new crossings of the Stort and railway and dual Fifth ave from the station roundabout to Eastwick rd then dual Edinburgh way through to the River way roundabout to link up with the recently completed dual carriageway, Oh we can't do that we would not be destroying more countryside.
Is there a petition to stop this happening, everyone I have spoken to does not want this to go ahead, It is going to distroy too much of our country side and wildlife.
Yes there is a petition set up to oppose this, head over to #SaveourStort on Twitter. All links available from there. It seem crazy to me that anyone would give this the green light. The area planned to be filled with concrete is a floodplain. Where is all that water going to go? You could alter the topography of the area, if you know this area then you will have seen how the river behaviours during heavy rainfall & winter. Its impressive to see. A much needed barrier for the water levels rising. It needs to stay. As the water has nowhere else to go! The wildlife around this part of Harlow is exceptional, with many sites of historical & environmental importance. A much needed green space for the residents of the town too. Which was built as a garden town. Building on that garden seems abit backward thinking, rather than problem solving. The river is a popular place, with many activities going on. Taking a day trip of disabled people under a flyover for an afternoon break, sounds wonderful to me? Which will happen, if they get their way, to knock afew minutes off a journey. Its rampant over consumption of our much needed greenbelt. Plz head over to Twitter to sign the petition to help stop this madness. #SaveourStort
This has been supported by the former Labour Council from the beginning several years ago.
The fact that if any Council supported this project doesn't make it any less an environmentally disastrous plan. If there has to be a way of coping then other options far cheaper and less damaging: Options. 1. No roads but park and ride at A414 near the farm shop 2. An ordinary 2 track Road from East of Pye corner parallel to and roughly along Redricks Lane to A1184 all north of the river and away from the most environmentally sensitive area using the existing possibly widened bridges. 3. Link Gilston directly to J7a and keep traffic out of the river valley and Harlow. L
Why can't we have flyovers from M11 junction 7 and 7a direct to A414 at Eastwick. Keep the through traffic off Harlow roads and give the residents back their town.
I am very sorry to read anti traveller comments above. Travellers are the natural allies of people who use the river. It is not travellers who are proposing to concrete over our beautiful Stort but the developers and politicians. We cannot allow ourselves to be divided.
One of the great pleasures of living in Harlow is being able to walk along the Stort and see the beautiful wildife there. This proposed project would do enormous harm to the environment close to Harlow and make it less pleasant for Harlow residents to walk along the Stort. This should not be allowed to go ahead!
Is this progress? The planet is dying thanks to progress. No this is shortsighted backwards planning. Harlow is already a concrete jungle. We should be preserving what natural areas it has left and encouraging more, not destroying what little there is remaining! I understand that people need houses but people need areas of natural beauty to relax in and restore their mental health. There is nowhere else like the Stort remaining in Harlow. To destroy this last remaining haven would be an utter tragedy. If people want to drive everywhere why not improve the existing road network. Or better still, improve the public transport system and persuade them to leave their cars at home! Thus alleviating the stress on the roads and the planet.