Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara fights to protect open land at Burgess Farm

MEN profile Barbara is campaigning to protect greenfield land at Burgess Farm in Walkden from development.

Barbara is objecting to a draft proposal which has been put forward in Salford Council’s Draft Core Strategy, which involves developing 21 hectares of land for housing at Burgess Farm. Under the proposal a large number of homes could be built.  Due to the size of the development, a new primary school may also be needed.

Barbara is speaking out against the draft proposal and is urging local residents to have their say on the plans.

Barbara said:

“I have serious concerns about the loss of this green open space and of a working inner city farm.  I am also concerned about the additional congestion and pollution that could be generated by traffic for housing development on this scale.  This area of Walkden simply cannot cope with a development of this size.

“Public transport in the area would not be able to accommodate the increased numbers of commuters.  I have been campaigning for some time to improve public transport in Worsley in order to meet the needs of local people.  An increase in population within this area simply could not be catered for by current services.

“This draft proposal has been put forward to meet city housing targets – however I believe it is unfair to impose city-wide targets on local people in Walkden by taking away open space which is valued within the local community.

“I will be writing to Salford Council to object strongly to the proposals.

“I hope that local people will take this opportunity to have their say on the Council’s plans.  Concerned residents can visit Salford Council’s Draft Core Strategy homepage at www.salford.gov.uk/core-strategy to find out more about the proposals and to leave comments, or they can write to the council at Spatial Planning, Sustainable Regeneration Directorate, Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 5BY.They have until 4.30pm on Friday 15th January 2010 to send in comments.”

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