DEVELOPERS ARE OUT OF CONTROL IN OUR VILLAGE
I Read with great regret the story in the Echo (October 9) of the desecration of my village by yet another property developer obviously more interested in the almighty dollar than preserving our countryside.
It is not only in my village this is happening, but it seems to be endemic in the county. Property developers all think they can run roughshod over anyone who gets in their way and when the rulings are not in their favour, they feel they can bend/break the rules anyway. It is obvious that the deliberate destruction of the wildlife habitat, which was listed as one of the reasons for refusal of the building application, is a deliberate ploy to force approval through. As there is now no longer any wildlife, there can be no more objections in their mind. In reality there must be many more objections made. Not only over this particular application, but all future ones as well.
Sadly, there has been far too much development allowed already, despite concerns about the adequacy of the services and the possibility that the current estate being built is encroaching on an underground water system that could affect the drainage in the village. Other factors also need addressing in relation to this. The development in both Cherry Willingham and Fiskerton is already putting massive strains on the road system. In the short time I have been lucky enough to live out here the traffic volume has increased immeasurably and, in my opinion, is close to reaching saturation levels when combined with all the traffic, both private and commercial, that use this road as a feeder to Bardney etc. Development will always be an emotive issue. However, I feel that developers must show far more responsibility. By the same token the local authorities must also be diligent and ensure that contrived shortcuts are not only unacceptable, but dealt with appropriately.
RAY RICKETTS Priory Drive, Fiskerton