Save Our Stort: Friends of Latton Island organise protest walk through town centre

News / Tue 7th Sep 2021 at 01:44pm

A PROTEST is set to take place in Harlow on Saturday as part of a campaign to protect the River Stort from a planning application to build a major highway over the river which could danger wildlife and the environment. 

As has been well documented on YH, the plans are for a road to run from Pye Corner in Gilston to Edinburgh Way, crossing the river, fields and wetlands, to connect proposed 8,500-home development at Gilston Garden Town with Harlow.

Friends of Latton Island, a group of volunteers that works to protect The River Stort, called for the protest to take place on Saturday 11 September. They plan to meet in Harlow Town Centre (at Wetherspoons) and make their way through the town to the Water Gardens. They encourage people of all ages to attend the protest and bring a long a homemade banner.

A member of Friends of Latton Island Julie Von Taylor said: “The river provides beautiful walks and a home to wildlife.

“Everybody uses this river, we have wild water swimming and lots of biodiversity. It would be an awful shame if we had these huge bridges in place, creating an eyesore and endangering wildlife.

“I am heavily opposed to these plans and feel they are just not justified. I am hoping for a big turnout at the protest I have posted around and have had a good response so far.

For more details, go to their Facebook page


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