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Residents unite for protest vigil

CAMPAIGNERS will be out in full-force next Wednesday, battling plans to put hundreds of new homes in Marston Green.

CAMPAIGNERS will be out in full-force next Wednesday, battling plans to put hundreds of new homes in Marston Green.

Marston Green Opposing Overdevelopment (MGOOD) is hoping for 2-300 people to turn out for a silent vigil.

The group is fighting proposals to build 120 houses on a piece of ancient farmland, off Elmdon Road.

Linda Poulson said that members felt very strongly about the area being used for residential development.

“I think the main thing that worries people is that the village just won’t be able to cope with hundreds more homes,” she said.

“What we want is for Solihull Council to start from scratch and forget about any of the old housing targets.”

MGOOD hope that the demonstration will show the strength of feeling in the local community.

Councillor Bob Sleigh (Con, Bickenhill) is backing the protesters.

He said the village wouldn’t be able to absorb the new homes.

“Putting in hundreds more houses will add to an already difficult situation,” he said this week.

“The schools are full, doctors surgeries are stretched and the parking and traffic problems are legendary.”

Amateur historian David Baker has also spoken out against the proposals - which he fears would destroy a piece of history.

“That land has a lot of history and you can still see the ridge and furrows, dating back to the Medieval period,” he said.

The Elmdon Road site is one of several that could be used to accommodate more homes - but the council has said that nothing is yet set in stone.

MGOOD said that villagers are welcome to join them at Marston Green Village Hall, next Wednesday (September 8).

Residents are asked to get there for 6pm.

 

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