Website film attacks scheme for road link
A FREELANCE producer campaigning against a controversial road that would cut through Derbyshire countryside has made a web documentary about why others should join his fight.
Paul Harvey says he wants Birmingham-based Spring not to go ahead with the highway, which would link the former Stanton Ironworks site, near Ilkeston, to the A52 by cutting across fields.
In his video, which he posted on the YouTube website, Mr Harvey, 59, of Croft Close, Dale Abbey, said the route would destroy the countryside between Derby and Nottingham.
The road could form part of a planning application from the developer, which wants to build between 3,500 and 4,000 homes, industrial buildings and amenities, on the disused ironworks site.
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Spring says it is considering five different options for a link road to the site, including the route Mr Harvey is campaigning against.
Mr Harvey's 10-minute documentary was posted on Friday last week and has already been viewed nearly 1,700 times.
He said: “If they built this road it would be a tragedy. I want the video to be a focal point for people who don't feel they have a voice to fight against the development.”
The video's voiceover claims Erewash Borough Council and Spring have already decided to build the A52 link road because it is the cheapest option.
It accuses the developer of having already offered farmers six times the market value of their fields to the south of Stanton-by-Dale so it can build on the land.
And it says Erewash Borough Council, which will decide on whether planning permission should be granted to Spring, is keen to see the road built.
It says: “Beginning from the A52 at Risley and passing to the west of Pete Meadow, the road will slash through farms, ancient rights-of-way, wildlife habitats and anglo-Roman archaeological sites, not to mention one of the most beautiful parts of the Trent Valley escarpment.
“Cresting the hill and visible for miles across the valley, it will then reach the village of Dale Abbey where such devastation was last witnessed in the 16th century when Henry VIII destroyed its abbey.”
The Rev Ian Gooding, of St Michael and All Angels' Church, in Stanton-by-Dale, is one of several local people featured on the video who talk about why the A52 option should not be considered.
He said: “The option would clearly be the cheapest way to move traffic from the site.
“But I think, at the moment, Spring is listening to what people think.”
A Spring spokeswoman said it would fully consider all five of its options.
She said: “None of the proposed options pass through Dale Abbey as suggested in the video.
“All of the options will seek to remove traffic from Stanton-by-Dale and Sandiacre, currently identified as a significant problem. We strongly refute that we have offered six times the value to farmers to purchase land.”
A borough council spokeswoman said no decision had yet been made about developments at the former ironworks site.
She said: “It is potentially unnerving for anyone to hear that development may be planned near their homes. But some of the information in this video is misleading as it implies the council has made a decision.”