Save Our Stort: Campaigner pleased with support as petition gains over 4,400 signatures

Lifestyle / Fri 2nd Jul 2021 at 08:36am

A RIVER Stort resident who is at the heart of the campaign against a possible four lane highway through the heart of a Harlow beauty spot has been encouraged by the amount of support against the proposal.

YH interviewed Neil Warner Banks at the beginning of June as he began his campaign.

A month later we returned to the banks of the Stort to see how the campaign was going.

YH met Neil near Pye Corner in Gilston and walked across the area that is marked for a crossing.

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There is a link to the petition which now has over 4,400 signatures.

Please watch our interview and please appreciate the cut away shots of the beautiful countryside.


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12 Comments for Save Our Stort: Campaigner pleased with support as petition gains over 4,400 signatures:

2021-07-02 09:00:47

Superb interview . Neil is as clear as crystal and this represents local journalism at its best . Thanks. Anyone wanting further details please visit: www.linktr.ee/SaveOurStort where you can also sign the petition ..

Irene-Anne White
2021-07-02 09:29:46

Harlow sucks on the hind-teat (again) if this development goes through. HGGT have gaslighted our councillors, they are cutting corners, it’s £££’s in the developer’s pockets. It will be crying shame if the road goes through. I urge everyone to get in contact with Robert Halfon (MP) and put in an objection under application number 3/19/1051/FUL (East Herts). Harlow deserves so much better. We should not be the fall guys for this development or the sacrificial lambs/collateral damage for East Herts.

Mark Aiton
2021-07-02 10:16:04

Nice article YH, well done Neil. Support has been amazing, people fully and easily understand the madness behind this development and I too haven't come across anyone in favour of it, it has no benefit to or for Harlow. Sad truth too is that any mitigation or offsetting may not happen at all as developer's by law only have to do so IF there profits after development rise above 20% which of course often they don't. Really hope we can win this for our future and the future of our children and so on, history isn't going to look back kindly on our times....

Cheryl Ramsay
2021-07-02 11:32:27

Brilliant interview well done Neil. Xx

Karen Davies
2021-07-02 19:11:16

Save them

2021-07-02 23:08:56

Great interview. This really cannot be allowed to happen, you cannot kill a home of a protected species... and they're building homes nobody can afford anyway ....who is blind and who are the greedy.

Kay Morrison
2021-07-03 11:12:00

Thanks to both Michael and Neil for presenting the issues with urgency and clarity. I've asked Harlow Council via the Chief Executive to deliver briefings to Harlow councillors so that they properly understand the devastating implications: this has to happen.

2021-07-03 12:46:43

The proposed river valley crossing is an ill conceived plan that will damage the natural ecology and beauty of the environment. The Climate Change Committee Report in June 2021 highlights the failures of Councillors, Councils and Government to develop sustainably, protect and improve the natural environment. The bridge development needs to be stopped and the whole Gilston Gilston estate development reappraised in the light of the CCC report. Apart from damaging the ecology of the Valley any such road will increase congestion and pollution. All Harlow Cllrs were sent links to the Climate Change Committee Committee report some time back and asked to come out and explain their positions on the Valley Crossing and Gilston in the light of the report: as far as I am aware not one has done so. Future Gilston residents will use the facilities of the town but the town will not benefit from their Council taxes : that'll go to East Herts Council.

2021-07-03 16:49:01

Harlow residents taken for mugs again. Essex CC. Hope you enjoy your back handers in whatever form they come in from Hertfordshire. YH does a good job but lack of a free local paper would have exposed this madness to tens of thousands more local people sooner. Now it's all to late.

Paul Henderson
2021-07-04 08:42:59

Kay Morrison, what hypocrisy! Harlow Labour signed up to this project from the outset. Your pathetic and deceitful attempts to delude the voters of Mark Hall are disgraceful. You know you are full of hot air! Just look at your false claim that Labour were building ‘hundreds of sustainable council houses’. I notice you never replied on that.

2021-07-04 10:42:23

"No goodness there for Harlow" - seems to sum it up quite well.

Donna Richardson
2021-07-05 12:55:42

Well said Neil this was a fantastic interview, well done 👏 this is absolutely disgusting building more houses and main roads in our small country town which is being destroyed by these housing developers just wanting to make money it needs to be stopped! All building in harlow should be stopped we are a country side town not a city like London! Leave our rivers and countryside alone!!!!

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