MP visits Ganges site

RESIDENTS campaigning against a proposed development at the HMS Ganges site have rallied the support of their MP.Tim Yeo was invited to meet members of the Woolverstone Residents' Association to listen to their concerns over plans to build 325 homes in nearby Shotley.

RESIDENTS campaigning against a proposed development at the HMS Ganges site have rallied the support of their MP.

Tim Yeo was invited to meet members of the Woolverstone Residents' Association to listen to their concerns over plans to build 325 homes in nearby Shotley.

Residents fear the development could see a considerable growth in traffic on the B1456, the main road through Woolverstone.

They fear the estimated 60 per cent increase in traffic could lead to an increase in accidents and pollution.

Mr Yeo walked through the village with residents and listened to their views. He was taken from Berners Hall up to the village post boxes and telephone boxes where the B1456 is particularly narrow.

Simon Ross-Pearce, Woolverstone Parish councillor, said: "Mr Yeo said he was struck by the traffic and narrowness of the road.

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"He was appreciative of the situation and supportive in his comments.

"He said he would speak to Babergh District Council and Suffolk County Council about the traffic problems.

"Mr Yeo also suggested Suffolk County Council and the Highways Agency come and meet him on the B1456 and discuss the issues."

A meeting has also been held for residents to air their concerns about the development.

The MP added that the development was disproportionate to the area and that the regional approach to finding space for extra houses forced districts to take more development which he said was wrong.

What do you think about the plans for MHS Ganges? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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