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Residents hit out at canal marina plan

ANGRY residents turned out in force at a public meeting in Hockley Heath on Monday to hear proposals for a nearby marina in Wharf Lane.

ANGRY residents turned out in force at a public meeting in Hockley Heath on Monday to hear proposals for a nearby marina in Wharf Lane.

A planning application submitted to Warwick District Council by developers GJP Marina Developments in Stafford last month outlined proposals to erect a 200 berth marina on Sands Farm in Old Warwick Road.

The development, if it goes ahead, will see the 32 acre site home to more than five times the number of Swallow Cruisers moorings which presently occupy the Stratford Canal.

Local resident Tony Pledger said the plans were out of keeping with the village and would lead to more traffic.

“There will be noise and generators as well as a lot of rubbish and diesel on site,” he said.

“The busiest part of a marina is often the entrance so there will be increased traffic. There will also be pollution during construction as well as the noise arising from use of the marina including the workshop.”

Stu Barbour, chair of Hockley Heath Residents Association added: ”We are against the proposals and we are helping Tony Pledger and the rest to oppose the plans, wherever possible.

“The statistics show there are around 600 houses in the village so any plans for a 200 berth marina would represent a high ratio. The other thing is that we are behind raising awareness and courting public opinion in Hockley Heath.”

Many village residents voiced their opposition to the plans at the meeting held at the Pavilion saying they were concerned about the scale of the development .

Currently there are also planning applications for two marinas in Knowle and one in Lowsonford.

 

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