In response to Alistair Beales (Letters, March 24), I have lived at this address for 38 years and my knowledge of the orchards at Marsh Lane outweighs your knowledge by a long way and other experts that you have listened to.
Considering you live at Gayton, I question whether you have actually set foot in Marsh Lane or the sports centre to see the terrain at first hand.
Let me educate you on the orchards that in your eyes were non-existent for fruit.
My grandchildren, along with other children, would go to those orchards to collect the pears and plums for me to make them pies.
That has now gone. Blackberries were collected by these children and pies made. Now that is gone.
I suggest Mr Beales that you know your facts before you put pen to paper. Take a day away from your desk and get on the ground to see the areas concerned.
This also applies to the footpath/old railway track.
Get down there with the Association that has been formed at 8am on a weekday and get first-hand knowledge of what you are going to take away from residents.
You will experience children going to school, dog walkers, shoppers who like to walk to keep healthy and all ages of people just out for a nice walk.
This is what you are going to take away from the locals.
You cannot justify your plan with that new road being the footpath/old railway track.
You are trying to convince the residents a barrier and one speed camera is going to stop speeding and someone getting killed or injured (no doubt a child).
You have Reid Way and the straight road coming off the Edward Benefer way going down to Alfred Dodmans Engineering that can be developed at a much cheaper rate.
The excuse that there is a lot of traffic using that stretch is a fallacy. Speed would be cut down and safety improved and this would also satisfy the residents.
Your developments needs to be re-evaluated with more input from residents as the last open days were not enough.
We need more houses but locations and road in fractures needs to carefully agreed with residents, a few meetings or open days is not the way to approach the problem.
The word assume is a dangerous word.
Many executives use it hoping all will be well. That is a fatal mistake.
Grey Sedge, Lynn