RESIDENTS fighting a new Stafford housing development packed out a community centre last night in a huge show of community activism.
More than 120 people from the Radford area and beyond attended the meeting at Wildwood Community Centre were addressed by Weeping Cross ward councillor Mike Heenan, who pledged his full support for the campaign to oppose 80 houses being built on the green space near the canal in Radford Bank.
Councillor Heenan said: “I am against this. I will be doing everything I can to support you in your campaign.”
He told the meeting that written objections to the council by residents had to be sent by Friday, February 7, and the council would decide within the next 13 weeks whether to approve the proposal.
Agent Fisher German, representing the RP Ward Estate, has applied for outline planning permission for land between Canal and Ripon Drive, south of Radford Bank.
Residents have raised numerous concerns over the plans, saying they are outside the development boundary, will create greater traffic congestion, destroy green space and cause damage to local wildlife.
One of the organisers for the campaign, Andy York, said he was worried greater congestion would affect response time of ambulances.
“It is a primary emergency route. There are no alternatives for emergency vehicles to get from Stafford out to this side of the town,” he said.
“This is about localism and having an impact on proposals that affect the area.
“It is important people have rational thoughts on what happens to their area and the local environment.”
Paul Whiston, a retired engineer from Radford Road, said: “I am concerned about the green strip of land and the wildlife in the area being lost.”
“Stafford is a pleasant town to live in and it will be less pleasant if this goes ahead.
“Once it is bricked over with houses, the green space will be lost forever.”
And Ann Smith, of Ripon Drive, said: “My main objection is the traffic. There is so much congestion already. The roads cannot cope.”