OPPONENTS OF NEW TOWN AT LONG MARSTON WARN OF DANGERS TO VALE AND NORTH COTSWOLDS
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Two public meetings are to be held on Friday 25th April to warn Worcestershire and Gloucestershire residents about the impact of the "eco-town" proposed for the Long Marston site.

Two public meetings are to be held on Friday 25th April to warn Worcestershire and Gloucestershire residents about the impact of the "eco-town" proposed for the Long Marston site.

The meetings will be held at

- Honeybourne Village Hall at 6.00 pm and
- King George's Hall, Mickleton at 8.00 pm

As well as explaining the impact this massive development will have on local communities well beyond its actual location, the meetings will discuss how local objections can be properly co-ordinated with the "BARD" campaign - Better, Accessible and Responsible Development - established to prevent the building of an eco-town at Long Marston.

Dave Cranage, Pebworth Parish Councillor and member of the executive of BARD said,

"The so-called eco-town "Middle Quinton" at Long Marston is on the government's short list and we must fight it. People need to be aware of the huge impact that this town would have on the Vale of Evesham and north Cotswold area. These "eco-towns" are an eco-con and are just new towns with a new name. This development would not just be a problem for Stratford and Warwickshire, far from it - a third of the site is in Worcestershire and its consequences will spread over a very large area."

Peter Luff, MP for the Worcestershire part of the site, said,

"Dropping 15,000 people into a relatively inaccessible rural environment is mad. The impact of significant increases in traffic on the inadequate and overloaded local road structure will cause chaos. This is just the most obvious problem this new town would create. It would also seriously reduce the quality of life for thousands of local people through its impact on the wider infrastructure of the area - hospitals, dentists, libraries even sewage systems."

Attending the two meetings will be local MPs, councillors, council officers, campaigners and members of the public.

ENDS
For information about the wider campaign, visit:
http://www.bardcampaign.org/


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