This morning, Bellway Homes representatives ran a gauntlet of angry residents as they made their way into a meeting with Salford City Council and the Saving Our Neighbourhood group to try and resolve horrendous problems related to its development of 241 houses at Campbell Road natural green space in Swinton.
The developer had agreed to attend the meeting after constant protests by residents both at the site, outside the Civic Centre and at the side of the East Lancs Road.*
"We're here to protest, again, against Salford Council's decision to pass this planning application" said Barry Woodling from Saving Our Neighbourhood "Over the last two months since they've started on the site it's been horrendous for people living in the local area, particularly on Thorn Road.
"There's been vast numbers of lorries going down that road laden with heavy lifting gear, and the noise from the site is incredible from 8am to 6pm, with around six or seven JCBs working there" he explained "The lorries are creating all sorts of problems on the road and people have been really upset by it; it's affecting their physical and mental health.
"The problem is that there's only one access to the site and it's off Campbell Road which is totally unsuitable" he added "We argued right from the start that there needs to be a second access off Folly Lane but neither the Council nor Bellway are keen on that idea. At the meeting, our representatives are putting forward quite strong demands, that there needs to be a second access and that a lot more needs to be done to mitigate the harm, the anxiety and upset that's being caused.
"The Council ignored all the criticisms from local residents and the campaign group about traffic, air pollution, loss of amenity, pressure on infrastructure and more, and we're trying to hold the line here" he said.
At present there is no word on what happened at the meeting but this article will be updated as soon as there is a statement...
* For a full background see previous Salford Star articles...
Salford Community Groups Unite Against Rampant Development – click here
Campbell Road Protesters Stage Demonstration Against Salford Council and Bellway Homes – click here
Swinton Resident Protest Against Insane Development – click here
Massive Objections To Swinton Green Space development – click here