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August 21, 2009 12:00 AM

Steve Gilbert is opposed to the Wainhomes plans for St Austell

Wainhomes are asking to build 1,500 new homes to the north of St Austell, on 126 acres of green land. Steve Gilbert is opposed to the plans. He's written to the local papers to set out the reasons why.

Dear Sir,

The Wainhomes proposal to add 1,500 new homes in St Austell and develop 126 acres of green space to the north of town around Scredda is simply not needed. Anyone who lives in St Austell will know that the town's roads already struggle to cope and, unlike the Eco-Town proposal, there'll be no extra Government money coming in to make the improvements that such a large expansion demands.

Not only would the plans put extra strain on local resources, the track record of Wainhomes in St Austell leaves a lot to be desired. The company's history across the town seems to be one of delay and broken promises. Where are the speed humps promised for Carclaze Road? What about the children's play area at Burlawn that is sub-standard and in the wrong place? What about their barely concealed efforts to displace the badger set in Carclaze Yard to open further land for development?

If Wain Homes can't finish what they start or keep their promises, I don't believe St Austell should trust them with the largest urban extension for decades.


Stephen Gilbert

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate

St Austell & Newquay