Repressed with thanks from Get Surrey authored by Charlie Bennett 24th July 2013
Englefield Green resident calls on locals to object to project due to fears over lorry journeys.
Demolition at the former Brunel University campus in Englefield Green is due to start to make way for homes to be built over the next two years.
The development, in Cooper’s Hill Lane, was granted planning permission two years ago but now one local man is calling for other residents to write to voice their objections to the latest stage of the project.
Kevin Barry, of Bond Street, says there are several points that concern villagers.
“It is proposed by the builders that juggernaut-type lorries will be used, which will pass through St Jude’s Road, which contains three primary schools, to the main shopping area of the village,” he said.
“The condition of these roads and country lanes are in need of urgent attention. Is it proposed to bring these roads up to standard before the work starts? Or will they be allowed to resemble dangerous cinder tracks for two years, then attempt repairs?”
Mr Barry has noted that Runnymede Borough Council documents make no mention of fines or penalties for “these juggernauts”, which cannot exceed 20mph when being driven through the village.
The applicant, Orchid Runnymede, was given permission to build in Cooper’s Hill Lane two years ago but Mr Barry is concerned about the noise and other issues that come with the demolition process.
“We are just trying to get some control over the whole thing,” he said.
A full meeting of the borough’s planning committee has been called for Wednesday August 21 in the council chamber, with the public invited.
Mr Barry hoped that as many of his neighbours as possible would write to voice their objections, even at this late stage, to bring their fears to the attention of councillors.
“At the time of the last general election, our prime minister promised that local residents would have a say in planning matters,” he said.
“Later, he changed his mind, leaving us with the power and status of an amoeba but if we are not listened to and properly consulted, I am sure other politicians will make themselves available for future elections.”