Response from Mr Keith Robson (Individual)
1. Mr Keith Robson (Individual) : 8 Jul 2008 15:45:00
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.
Core Strategy, Preferred Option
I am a resident of Burneside Road and wish to make some observations and objections to the core strategy.
First I think the overall core strategy is flawed because it assumes Kendal needs to grow at a rate which in my opinion is not correct.
Kendal was a more vibrant community many years ago when it had less people and more career prospects for local people. Today Kendal feels tired and jaded and the locals know it. We need good jobs, for the people who live here already, not more houses for commuters and retirees relocating from further south. The town needs life and optimism as it is now, not with extra newcomers.
We had all the affordable homes we needed years ago, they were called council houses, now in private ownership they are beyond the reach of the average wage earner in Kendal. I heard a councillor recently state that 19,000.00 pounds is the average yearly wage for this area, this can not be true. I know so many people well below this level and so few equal to or above it. Where do you get these figures? Has any one really checked the Kendal area average wage recently? How can you base strategy on flawed figures like this?
Whoever makes decisions in this area does not fill me with confidence.
Look at what has been done to our traffic system, look at all those ridiculous traffic lights every few yards. Why are zebra crossings not used more often in preference to light controlled crossings? They are so much more efficient and convenient, always available for pedestrians and never holding up traffic for a moment too long.
Look at all the industry on the wrong side of town. Look at the clutter of ridiculous road signs and markings in the town centre and beyond. Look at the plans to take away our hospital services and make everyone drive to other towns and cities.
The list goes on, and now I see you have a core strategy plan that will lead us further down this road.
The short sighted view of this government to change the priority of agricultural land in favour of housing will be seen for the mistake it is when it is too late.
I don't believe the propaganda that declares this country needs millions of new residents. It simply is not true, wasn't it better in this country when there were fewer people?
Why don't our local representatives challenge these imposed policies? Is it right that SLDC volunteered to increase the amount of development in their area over what was asked for? You should have asked the local residents opinion before being so cavalier with our country side. Saying it is to help local people find homes is a smoke screen. If you want homes for locals just build them, not any of the other kind at all.
I now move on to a more detailed objection to how the core strategy affects my part of Kendal.
The preferred option for the development of Middle Sparrowmire, North West Kendal.
Just as it was a major mistake years ago to put industrial sites on the north end of Kendal creating the need for heavy goods vehicles to pass through town from the M6, so is the proposal to build hundreds of new homes on the North West Kendal site. This must not happen. The extra traffic generated by these homes will be detrimental to the well being of the community as a whole.
Kendal must not be made to accept 40% of the extra homes imposed on the area. This is not sustainable as a whole because the infrastructure is not there to support this increase.
The NW Kendal area is particularly unsustainable because of the inadequacy of access by road and poor drainage. This land must not be considered for inclusion in the core strategy until it has been shown conclusively that flooding will not occur on the proposed site or the existing housing. It must not be left until a more advanced planning stage when developers will promise what they can't deliver. This site is known as mire for nothing. The local people know how badly it floods and it is up to SLDC to act responsibly here exclude this land from development because of the high risk of flooding.
The traffic generated by this development will have no option but to funnel through the inadequate roads into the town and onto the main trunk roads.
Burneside Road has choke points and hazards and is not capable of handling this increase. The junction onto Windermere Road is already overwhelmed at peak times and further traffic will encourage rat runs through Kendal Green and Busher Walk.
The junction from Kendal Green onto Windermere Road can not cope with any extra traffic, it is yet another choke point.
Any access road to the proposed site must not be placed opposite Carrus Green Golf Course for road safety reasons. For example, the Fire service are frequently called to attend false alarms at Croppers and drive at great speed down the hill towards Burneside, this is already a hazard for residents on the hill and the extra traffic up and down that hill will eventually lead to a disaster here.
The relief road planned from the bypass to A6 must be finalised before any development stategy is approved. Designating land for housing before knowing the route of this road is ridiculous and short sighted. When is this road going to be built and what route will it take?
Pollution from vehicles along the narrow part of Burneside already forces residents to keep windows closed. Has any one checked how further traffic will increase this? Traffic is stationary here while waiting for the lights to change. This potential for pollution must be investigated before the core strategy can consider adding traffic to this choke point.
This land is classified as green gap and as such is not available for development. This land keeps Kendal and Burneside from merging and must be left as agricultural land.
This site will not meet the strategic objectives set out by SLDC.
You must prove beyond all doubt that it does before including it in the core stategy