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Theresa calls on Shanly to listen to local people on Badnell’s pit development

  • 7 Nov 2006

Maidenhead MP Theresa May is calling on Michael Shanley to give local residents more time to comment on his plans to develop housing on Badnell’s Pit.

Theresa explained, ‘A lot of people told me they couldn’t get to the exhibition about Michael Shanley’s plans for Badnell’s Pit as it was only held for one day – and a week day at that! I am writing to Michael Shanley to make it clear to him that he cannot avoid the objections of local residents in this way. He must listen to local people. So I am calling on him to put the exhibition on again, for a longer period, ideally over a weekend, so many of the local residents who work during the week can see his plans and give him their views.

‘What’s more I’m telling him that he mustn’t think that failure to attend the exhibition means people are happy with his plans. Far from it! Most people are aghast at the size of the development he is proposing which goes way beyond anything previously proposed.

‘A development of 430 homes with 5 storey blocks of flats is simply unacceptable! It will bring the local roads to a standstill and put pressure on other services like schools and GPs’ services.

‘I have always felt strongly about the development of this site and I shall continue to campaign strongly on this issue with local residents. We need to ensure that we make the local voice heard.

‘If you would like me to keep you informed about developments on this issue please contact me at House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, on 0207 219 1304 or [email protected].