Trimley villagers open new front

CAMPAIGNERS against proposals to treble the size of their community have set up a web site to enable residents to voice their opinions.But as opposition to the plans was growing today, organisers of the Save Trimley campaign say they wanted to hear views for and against – but so far they have had no-one in favour of the project.

CAMPAIGNERS against proposals to treble the size of their community have set up a web site to enable residents to voice their opinions.

But as opposition to the plans was growing today, organisers of the Save Trimley campaign say they wanted to hear views for and against – but so far they have had no-one in favour of the project.

More than 5,000 words citing why the development of the twin villages should not go ahead has been written on the web site by the people deeply concerned at what some are describing as "the rape of the Trimleys".

But the page of pro comments is empty.

It is not known who is behind the web site – www.savetrimley.co.uk – which also features dates of meetings and a gallery of photos of the village landscape which will be lost if up to 3,000 homes are built.

Meanwhile, a second protest group has been set up called STAG – Save Trimley Against Growth – though its organisers have also not yet made themselves known or issued any statements of their aims and reasons for opposition.

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Parish councillors are gathering as many views as possible from residents before giving their opinions on the project and want to represent villagers' views.

With both councils having a policy of restraint – hoping for just a few affordable homes and some housing for the elderly to be built – and opposition to the development scheme growing daily, they are unlikely to support the plans.

The next stage will be the second of the informal exhibitions at the Welcome Hall, High Road, Trimley St Mary, on September 6, from 10am-noon.

This will be another opportunity for villagers to quiz Bidwells staff, agents for landowners Trinity College, Cambridge, on all aspects of the plans.

Then there will be a public meeting at the Memorial Hall, Trimley St Martin, on September 16 for people to voice their opinions.

Plans submitted to Suffolk Coastal envisage using all the fields and open space between the A14 and Felixstowe-Ipswich railway line for development, creating greens and village centres, industrial area and potentially up to 3,000 homes.

Bidwells have stressed the plans are not final or detailed at this stage – they are a vision of how the villages could be developed. Officials want to hear which pieces people like or dislike, concerns, or ideas for changes to the proposals.

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