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Thursday, 05 November 2015 (3072348)
Put residents before butterflies and back Rimrose Valley road
by Tom Martin

Re: In response to Chris Baker's comments made regarding the grass at Waterloo front. Since the council have stopped mowing it, it is now unkept. I was wondering through the longer grass with my dog, and as I could not see a pot hole stepped straight into it and damaged my ankle. This would not have happened previously. Not only that the facility for local kids to play on is lost- many local small teams used to be seen playing football along the front, as well as numerous parents with kids- which now it is unkept has become a thing of the past. Unless you pay for a private facility pitch there are few places left to go and practice free.

As for the road plans for Rimrose Valley. I am a Biology Teacher myself and I am akin with nature. However firstly and foremost I am a human. I understand people's concerns about loss of green space and fractured ecosystems due to roads, but consider this. Many hundreds of people, young families and babies live up Dunningsbridge / Church Road. Everyday these people suffer pollution on all levels, from fumes, noise and heavy traffic. Many of these people bought their houses years before the Freeport is what it is today.

Yes I agree the butterfly's and wildlife are interesting in Rimrose Valley, and I believe most of this would remain intact, but I consider the health and well being of people more important. That is not to say I think all the traffic should go through Rimrose Valley, but as in the case of the New Brooms Cross Road, sharing its traffic with the other local roads has benefited lots of residents in the that area. Also worth noting is the amount of different species and varieties of flowers and plants grow along roads sides. How wide would a new road be anyway in relation to the land its sits on? Brooms Cross has proved a road can still be very rural. It took 30 years to get this done. Let's not make our neighbours in Dunningsbridge suffer for an inordinate amount of time whilst debating butterflies.

Linda Conroy

Local resident.


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