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Residents' anger over 1800 homes plan grows

October 8, 2012 8:02 PM

Phil Knowles addresses residents before the meetingThe anger and dismay of Thursday night's decision to dump 1800 homes on to the Airfield Farm site outside Market Harborough is intensifying. Residents' concerns about impact the decision of the Conservative-controlled authority will have on their daily lives are deepening. More traffic? More congestion? Damage to the natural enviroment?

Liberal Democrat councillors forced the Conservatives to bring the plans for Airfield Farm to the council's scrutiny panel, but the Conservative-controlled panel refused to back our call for a rethink. Now it seems the residents are considering calling a public meeting to underline their dismay at the decision.

Cllr Phil Knowles, the leader of the Lib Dem group on the council, addressed the gathering of around 100 protesters on the street outside the council offices before the meeting. He promised that he and his fellow Lib Dem councillors would ensure that the public concerns were put before the panel and that Lib Dems would try to force a rethink. Sadly, all calls for the rethink fell by the wayside as the Lib Dem proposal to drop the 1800 homes plan was defeated.

A spokesman for the Lib Dem group told us: "People are justifiably frustrated. Many feel they have been ignored. Residents have also raised concerns about the consultation process. Phil had the opportunity to talk with many of the protesters outside the Council offices and to address the gathering. If the public meeting does go ahead, we will do everything possible to ensure we are there to help residents."