THE onslaught on our Green Belt in South Warrington continues apace, with plans for two huge distribution centres proposed at Appleton Thorn and Grappenhall.
One involves plans by Eddie Stobart to build on green belt fields opposite their existing HQ, which by coincidence has recently been purchased by Warrington Borough Council for £26.1m.
The other involves an even bigger logistics and manufacturing development by Langtree on green belt land surrounding Bradley Hall Farm, which is currently a working dairy farm.
By coincidence Warrington Borough Council and Langtree work together in partnership with Wire Regeneration – the aim of which is to regenerate the Southern Gateway of Warrington town centre.
Clearly these close relationships cause concerns with members of the public as it begs the question of how can these developments be considered impartially, when you are landlord of one and working in
partnership with the other?
All this before we even know what is going to be revealed in the long awaited, amended, Preferred Development Option?
The speed of these major developments is causing huge concerns for residents living in the south of the borough – and if they ever get the green light, will have huge implications on local highways.
It is all well and good promising to make highway improvements but all this will do is move the problem further down the road.
A new motorway junction and highway improvements in the North at Omega, have done little or nothing to improve the traffic bottlenecks we all face every time there is an accident or break down on the local motorway network , which is now almost a daily occurrence.
Warrington’s highways and the surrounding motorway network are already over capacity and with thousands of new homes already on the horizon, these are indeed worrying times.
I would urge everyone to take a deep breath, while we still can, before we lose our Green Belt for ever and ensure whatever future development takes place, is something which can be accommodated without serious health and traffic implications for our future generations.
After all we have been told we have 12 years to save the planet from global warming – and one thing which will make the air we breathe even more polluted would be more bumper to bumper HGVs on our roads and surrounding motorway network.