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Friday, March 27, 2009
fools step in ...
Apparently there is a proposal to build 14 houses on S&D trackbed north of Sturminster Newton. There is still time to put in objections to this here.
More details here.
This has caught us rather on the back foot as there are only a few days to get objections in. HOWEVER this does underline why a strong group representing the WHOLE S&D needs to be up and running as quickly as possible. The houses, if ever built, will of course need to be demolished, tunneled under or diverted around when the line is reinstated, probably at a greater cost than rebuilding on the original site (as it is now).
We need to identify these possible trouble spots and BUY the land over the next few years. We need to rapidly increase our membership and get maximum publicity, funds and contacts to stop this anachronistic stupidity reoccuring.
But this is hardly the time to be building houses with falling prices and massive availability, and what idiot would seriously buy in a town ten miles or so distant from modern transport? So perhaps it's a hollow threat?
We do need to ensure that our views are widely known and understood through the towns and villages on our route. But it's going to take time and a good deal of hard work. We need to start making the connections locally with people that hold power. It's easier than many think. Most of all people need to take us seriously and realise that we are going to be around for a very, very long time! That the temporary closure of the S&D was an aberration and that the world has changed.
So come on board and get actively involved!