Villagers 'hugely concerned' by plans to build hundreds of homes near Waltham
Waltham Says No is a campaign against plans to build hundreds of homes close to the village
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 19 Jun 2017
A campaign group set up against plans to build hundreds of homes near Waltham says villagers are "hugely concerned" by the possible effects of an influx of new residents.
The people behind Waltham Residents Action Group are doing all they can to drum up as much support as possible as they look to raise formal objections to Cyden Homes' plan to build 194 homes at a site near Brigsley Road, on the edge of the village.
They have set up a campaign - called Waltham Says No - in their bid to have the voices of local residents are heard at the top level.
The group has been up and running for a number of years but has been increasingly active in recent months amid fears that an influx of new homes will overwhelm the village's infrastructure, which they say is already under pressure.
Cyden Homes proposals for the 194 property development
Cyden Homes' proposal is currently waiting on a government inspectorate report to be carried out before it can be considered by North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee.
As previously reported, Waltham ward councillor Phillip Jackson made a passionate plea to an independent planning inspector on behalf of the residents of his ward at a meeting in April to have the land removed from the council's draft Local Plan.
If councillor Jackson's request is successful, it will cast doubt over the future of the planned development.
But Keith Smith, who is one of those in charge of Waltham Says No, says he is asking as many residents as possible to formally object to the plans by visiting the council's planning website.
He says that almost 200 people have raised objections so far.
"Not enough people know just how many homes the development includes. Very few people are aware of the vast scale and there's a lot of concern about it," added Mr Smith.
"It's people's livelihoods that we are talking about.
Land near to Brigsley Road and Elsham Drive, Waltham where the homes are planned to be built
"I have lived in Waltham all of my life and in my lifetime the population has trebled whilst services and facilities have lessened.
"It won't just affect Waltham though, it will affect New Waltham, Humberston and Brigsley too."
Huge roadside banners have sprung up around the village with the slogan "Waltham Says No" in bold letters standing out to motorists and passersby.
Waltham Residents Action Group members were also out campaigning on general election polling day, handing out leaflets in a bid to spread the word.
Mr Smith said his main concerns revolve around the lack of public services in the village and how local schools are already oversubscribed.
He also questioned the effects a hike in the number of cars travelling in and out of the village on the road network.
He said: "At peak times Tollbar roundabout is grid-locked as it is. It gets backed up right the way through the village. Schooling is a big issue for us too.
"If enough people pull together we can see action I'm sure.
"It is definitely an unnecessary development and we are trying to increase the amount of support we have."
Visit www.walthamresidentsactiongroup.co.uk for more information on the group's campaign.