Opposed to homes scheme
ON October 2, I attended Mendip District's planning meeting and was the first to speak out in opposition to the proposed new development site, adjacent to the Wookey Hole Road.
Without exception, the parish councillor, Chris Briton, and the two Wells councillors on the board, were scathing of this site and about the unsuitability of the road, but to no effect.
All but one other voted for it.
Being the first to speak, I had no knowledge of what the others might say, but we all spoke of the loss of green fields, the spoiling of the countryside, but mainly of the unsuitability of the roads, having to cope, especially in the summer season, with the tourists, be they in cars, coaches or on two wheels, as they struggle to pass one another.
They come in their thousands to see the West Country, not a tour of west towns or traffic congestion.
What should have been spoken of was the possible loss of money to the developers.
After all, if you were looking to buy a house here, firstly you would look around, see what was on offer.
There are some 50 houses already on agents' books, plus two existing developments, one on the old Nutricia site, here I congratulate the developer for tackling it, and also the land by Morrisons.
On both of these sites you have the knowledge that there are at present fields next to you, but not if the Diocesan Board gets its way and sells off more of its fields.
While at the Wookey Hole site, what would you look out on to?
Thales, that deplorable, hazardous jumble of dilapidated asbestos- contaminated buildings, with every appearance of neglect possible.
Asbestosis is a deadly disease, my late husband, Councillor John Mitchell, was a sufferer.