Response from Mr Chris McLaughlan (Individual)
1. Mr Chris McLaughlan (Individual) : 8 Jul 2008 09:11:00
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.
1. Increased traffic volume & congestion. It is already difficult to cross Milnthorpe Road, particularly for elderly people or those with children. Ambulances travel the road at high speed at least twice a day. Higher traffic volumes will make this a much more hazardous Road even than now.2. The approach to Kendal from the A591 along Milnthorpe Road, used by almost all visitors from south of the town, sets the tone and style for visitors. Currently the vista of green fields with local livestock & dry stone walls, viewed through the mature trees lining the road, is one most towns would envy and seek to preserve if they possessed it. To destroy it would be vandalism.3. The area along Milnthorpe road has no support facilities in terms of shops, catering outlets etc. If this development takes place inevitably the demand for these services will be filled either by mobile providers, with consequent litter and parking problems, or by people driving to existing facilities.4. The area is already plagued with smells from Wattsfield sewage works. Increased development will increase the nuisance.
5. The green fields provide a space between the edge of town and the Helsington hamlet. The space should be preserved.
What change(s) would you suggest for this part of the Report?
Remove the area from the plan.
Please use this space if you wish to set out a new option for consideration.
1. Base the plan on the construction of the Northern Relief Road and development of the existing employment/ industry estates at the northern side of town, in accord with the plan commitment to encourage industry clusters.2. Allow more housing development in the surrounding villages. Without it they will die. With increasing population the viability of rural public transport, village shops etc will improve. The plan provides for increased population, why can it not happen in the villages? 3. Support the regeneration of the canal northern reaches, and plan to exploit it as a transport asset. Linked to the showground, and future park and ride locations it would provide a unique attraction for the town.