The battle for Brunernbug Way

This year, 2009, sees the beginning of Axminster building planners' latest desecration of the once desirable town.

This year, 2009, sees the beginning of Axminster building planners' latest desecration of the once desirable town.Not content with their impotence to build on the burnt-out, infested, health hazard called Webster's garage,Not content with their inability to use the disused industrial brown site on Chard Road (that creates such an impression on first-time visitors to Axminster!).Not content with creating the 'bomb-site' (empty abandoned building site) visible to all who park in the Co-op car park and, against the residents' wishes, the planners and councillors have now turned their attack on residents of the Woodbury roads!A plan to build over 100 houses behind Dukes Way and Morton Way has hit a problem!How do 10 ton heavy lorries, cranes, bulldozers and diggers reach the site, to build two phases lasting up to eight years of horror, in green lush fields? The sleepy narrow cul-de-sac of Dukes Way cannot cope with up to 500 potential car movements per week, so, last week, a coach was hired to take council officials, planners and builders to the end of Brunenburg Way.Their mission was to measure, photograph and count the trees to be removed to potentially make a through-road to the new estate! A bridge would be required to cross the river and the builders' lorries would have a route along Woodbury Lane, past the allotments, down Brunenburg Way, across the meadow, over the bridge and into all the sites.Does everyone remember Blot on the Landscape?Any attempts at forcing this route through will be met with fierce opposition from all the residents who had previously enjoyed the peace and quiet. Any attempts to rip up the hedges and trees to reach their estate sites will be on the internet within hours, attracting eco-warriors from all over the South West to stop this continual erosion of our trees and hedgerows.When will this council ever listen to its residents wishes?Graeme Woodcock Brunenburg WayAxminster

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