Campaigners launch online homes fight
PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 August 2015
A social media campaign has been launched by a village action group to raise awareness of its fight against developers’ plans to build dozens of new homes.
Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) is set to ramp up its activity on Facebook and Twitter, in a bid to win the backing of younger Congresbury residents.
The group wants backing from the whole community for its fight against housing developer Barratt Homes, which has launched an appeal after its application for 80 homes off Brinsea Road – one of three Congresbury plans, totalling nearly 150 new homes – was refused.
The appeal will be heard on October 6, and CRAG hopes its online campaign and upcoming awareness events will earn the group’s plight extra support by then.
Barratt has proposed to widen the junction of the High Street and the A370 to ‘mitigate’ the effect of the development, but CRAG has condemned the ‘dangerous’ plans despite North Somerset Council saying the proposal is ‘acceptable’.
CRAG’s John Mills said: “Parents going to and from schools to the north end of the village use the crossing, and any changes involving islands would be dangerous and would pose a health hazard from pollution. Dozens of heavy lorries use that junction every day and the prospect of children being held on the islands, while lorries belch out fumes, is not something responsible planners would consider.”
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