Marston Moretaine Eco-Town Action Group (MMETAG)
Marston.Moretaine.Action.Group@googlemail.com T: 01234 768575
c/o The Retreat, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Beds MK43 0PU
Spectre of compulsory purchase looms over Marston Vale
In a dramatic new development villagers attending the first road-show by O&H Properties on the Marston Vale eco-town proposal heard existing homes could be under threat.
David Lock Associates, architects to the proposed development advised villagers their properties could be bought out, built around or subject to compulsory purchase. Villagers reacted with disbelief at the road-show in Marston Moretaine village hall 28th August. Exit polls of all those attending conducted by MMETAG members show an overwhelming 91% were totally opposed to the proposed eco-town. Promised leaflets by O&H advertising the event failed to materialise throughout the majority of Marston Vale and posters by O&H only appeared in village shop windows that afternoon. The exit polls also showed that 67% of attendees only knew of the road-show via the MMETAG.
Hugh Roberts, Chair of MMETAG said “the concerns of existing villagers were completely missing from the proposal despite O&H claims that the road-shows would focus on community engagement. Indeed villagers saw their homes submerged or obliterated. The only thing missing from the eco paradise on show was Adam and Eve”.
MMETAG have organised a protest march for Saturday September 20th at which Nadine Dorries MP will be present. Further details available shortly (01234 768575 or visit http://www.MMETAG.com)
Note to Editors:
q MMETAG spoke with 163 people leaving the road-show and asked the following question “Having seen the proposal do you agree, disagree or are unsure about it?” The responses were:
Agree: 3 (2%) Disagree 148 (91%) Unsure 12 (7%)
q The MMETAG was formed on June 24th to organise opposition to the eco-towns and has no political affiliations.
q Media representation welcome (ring 01234 768 575)