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Keep fields green, say families.

Byline: Report by Sue Austin

Shifnal residents from babies to pensioners protested about proposals to bring thousands of new homes and two big industrial parks to the area.

The Shifnal Matters group took to the streets of the town with home made placards and posters to mark national Clean Air Day and to campaign against the developments.

Organiser John Moore said they realised more housing and employment land was needed but said greenbelt land was not the place for it.

He said: "These proposals could mean two industrial sites both the size of about 85 football pitches, off Stanton Road and two housing developments, one for 2,000 homes another for 3,000.

"They will put more and more traffic onto the roads which will lead to breathing problems for our children. I am not saying we should do without cars but they need to be in the right place."

Vicky Connolly was at Saturday's demonstration with the eldest of her two children, three-year-old Beatrice. She said the family moved to Shifnal from Wolverhampton 12 years ago.

"We moved for a future in the country among green fields. Now they want to take away that green land," she said.

"Shifnal already has major traffic problems. Walking along the pavements in the town centre is so scary with the children."

Many of those protesting said the town did not have enough infrastructure for the houses already built. Jacqueline Horton-Darby said: "Shifnal cannot cope with any more traffic, it has enough problems already. And we need more doctors. Getting an appointment at the surgery can take weeks."

Kath Hemsley said Shifnal seemed to be facing losing its greenbelt when the neighbouring Wolverhampton authority had ringfenced its green belt, adding: "There are so many brown fields sites out there that could be used for housing and industry."

Paul Fisher, of nearby Tong, said: "Our infrastructure cannot cope as it is. People travelling from our side of Wolverhampton are using our roads to get to their jobs on Halesfield and other parts of Telford."


People in Shifnal and surrounding area believe they are suffering because new housing is being pushed out from the West Midlands

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Jun 24, 2019
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