Petition against River Stort road crossing has over 4,000 signatures and rising

News / Sun 27th Jun 2021 at 12:17pm

A PETITION against the building of a large road right through the heart of a Harlow beauty spot has now gained over 4,000 signatures.

As part of the plans for over 23,000 homes around Harlow, including many as part of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town project, there is a proposal for a road to run from Pye Corner on Eastwick Road to Edinburgh Way.

This will cut through an area of outstanding natural beauty on both sides of the River Stort cherished by Harlow residents for centuries.

The petition states: “We oppose the ‘central and eastern river crossing’ for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

“The damage to the habitat of the wildlife in the area will be damaged beyond repair. This area is the home to wildlife such as water voles, bats, rabbits, barn owls, wood peckers, weasels, badgers, cuckoos, kingfishers, deer, raptors, foxes, newts, frogs, bees… the list is endless. The historical importance of this site has not been considered in these plans, neither has the lack of public transport and the visual impact of the project.

The planning application has yet to be submitted to Harlow Council’s planning committee.

The East Herts Council planning officer in charge of the bid, Kevin Steptoe told BBC Essex they hope to “minimise the impact” on the environment.

The link to the petition is below.


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2 Comments for Petition against River Stort road crossing has over 4,000 signatures and rising:

Darrel Duke
2021-06-27 17:00:07

Leave our country side Alone

2021-06-27 18:37:05

They HOPE to minimise the impact on the environment? The fact is, whilst the Plan is already well advanced evidenced by the drawings with the Planning Application, they have not done an Environmental Impact Assessment so how do they plan to hope to minimise the impact? The proposal to build some 23,000 homes in and around Harlow comes from the Local Plans of the Councils in the area, these plans are fundamentally flawed and are really about housing greed and not housing need. The voters in the Mark Hall by-election on 8 July have the chance to let the two main political parties know just what they feel about these proposals.

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