IN reply to your article of October 9, I am definitely not in favour of the proposals for the link road.
This will include the destruction of some of the loveliest wooded areas in town, left in trust for the townspeople's quiet enjoyment.
Apart from disturbance to wildlife, no amount of landscaping can replace mature trees such as these, within ours or our children's lifetime. I fail to see where newly landscaped areas can be accessed without passing over or along the proposed new road, or the railway line.
The park is a popular, quiet, relaxation area handily placed near the centre of town. The majority of people want to keep it that way.
In my view a CPO should not be granted in favour of the minority over the majority. The word 'no' should mean just that in a democratic society. The law of the land should uphold this principle.
The parties in favour of this development have stated their sole aim is to help (persuade) all land owners to reach an amicable agreement to acquire this parcel of land (the kid glove treatment).
However, they go on to say they will approach the Secretary of State 'robustly' to sign off a CPO (here is the iron fist).
The town council should stand up to any bullying tactics on behalf of the townspeople, and, bearing in mind this land is held in trust, the council must take the matter into the courts if necessary to protect a democratic principle.
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