Residents were shocked at the news of a new gas main being dug through Milton and Waterbeach and along the A10. The gas supply is for greenhouses on a private farm at Stretham.
Road works emerged at short notice, just after recent local elections. The disruption is set to last all summer.
Residents are already enduring noise misery and traffic chaos. Local businesses suffer as their customers struggle to find somewhere to park.
The greenhouses were given planning approval in East Cambs five years ago.
The main doesn’t need permission because of Permitted Development Rights (2015) — updated during the Tory-LibDem coalition Government.
But there are still important questions for our local Waterbeach and Milton LibDem councillors to answer
- Why were they unaware of this until the very last minute?
- Why is their response so weak (merely asking for low-carbon fuel in the future)?
- Why have they not worked with East Cambs Council for a better approach?
This disruption and development is a taste of what’s to come under the Conservative Government proposed changes to Planning Law. They want to scrap your right to comment on individual planning applications.
Labour says the community deserves a proper say. The Government must drop its changes to the planning system.