Response from Mrs Susan Mary Littlewood (Individual)
1. Mrs Susan Mary Littlewood (Individual) : 29 May 2008 11:16:00
To which part of the Report does your representation relate?
Paragraph or Section
4.1 - 4.4 Area Strategies
Please state as clearly as you can the exact part of the Report you are commenting on by quoting the page number (if known), paragraph number, option name or number, or the number of the map, figure or table.
TABLE 3 - PAGE 134 PARAGRAPH 4. SOUTH EAST KENDAL - LAND BETWEEN OXENHOLME ROAD AND HOSPITAL
Do you support, oppose or have an observation about this part of the Report?
Please write your comment or explain your reasons for supporting or opposing this part of the Report. You may also wish to refer to the tests of soundess in the glossary of the Preferred Options document before making your comments.
I am generally in support of the proposed changes. However, I feel very strongly about the bio-diversity aspects of any changes and would urge that the green gap between Oxenholme Road and Helmside/Burton Road now being proposed is kept intact in perpetuity.
What change(s) would you suggest for this part of the Report?
I would ask that the paragraph be amended to include consideration for at least two other very important species which use this land for habitation. As well as the importance of cray fish in the stream which is mentioned in the paragraph, the stream also provides nesting material for house martins which nest and breed annually in the Howe Bank Close area across from the strawberry fields.
Very importantly, I have lived at Howe Bank Close for 10 years now and notice that without fail lapwings nest annually on the strawberry fields, forty lapwings can be seen in the air at any one time early in the season. These birds find it increasingly difficult to find suitable habitats as housing/employment development takes place and I would urge that this green space is kept absolutely sacrosanct.
Also the visual impact needs to be considered as it is tourists' first view of Kendal as they walk down Oxenholme Road from the train. (I often see Japanese tourists gasping in awe at the green fields and taking photographs of the view across the strawberry fields as they walk down Oxenholme Road.)