I have worked with Lynnsport Area Residents’ Association (LARA) since its inception and have been hugely impressed with how everyone involved has conducted the campaign against the proposed road and houses at Lynnsport Park.
At every turn LARA members have attempted to engage constructively with the borough council. Sadly, the council, who were so impressive during the incinerator campaign, has become increasingly belligerent and uncooperative towards LARA. It has been made clear to me that the council intends to obtain planning permission (from its own planning committee) within the year and complete construction in five years. The project as it stands is clearly flawed; not least because the link road will generate all manner of problems, there is an unacceptable risk of flood, insufficient infrastructure, valuable green space will be taken from those who are in most need of it and is, consequently, deeply unpopular. The council, aware it has lost the argument, is now resorting to attempt to discredit LARA on social media, despite Henry Bellingham’s valiant attempts to mediate between us.
Why is the borough council so determined to rush this project through in the face of so many valid concerns? Who will they blame when it all goes horribly wrong? Before ploughing ahead, please can the council kindly consider the benefits of working with the community, via a Neighbourhood Forum, as suggested by LARA, to agree a plan that can be approved by a public vote?
Michael de Whalley
Chequers Road, Grimston