Despite windy weather, 20 students from Maple Cross JMI school, along with their parents, went to Denham Way on Friday, May 21 around 3.20pm to protest planning permission for a pair of warehouses totaling 16,115 sqm to be built in Maple Cross.
The protest was organised by local mothers as part of the ongoing fight, headed by the Maple Cross Residents Association against the proposed warehouses.
Nine-year-old Hadley Taylor said: “The warehouses would ruin our air and change Maple Cross forever. We need this land and nature needs it too, they can’t build them.”
Pearl Perry, one of the organisers, reported a positive response from drivers passing, commenting: “some of the cars were beeping at us and giving us a thumbs up.”
The warehouses have seen substantial outcry from many Maple Cross residents, with 265 objections placed on the Three Rivers council planning portal.
Worries have been raised over the danger of HGVs coming to and from the warehouses passing so close to both the JMI and Reach Free Schools, described as ‘an accident waiting to happen’. There is also further concern over the effect of increased pollution and fumes, as well as potential damage to local nature reserves.
Further information on the Planning Application can be found under 21/0573/FUL in the planning section of the TRDC website.