2 October 2008
Times & Citizen
I have today read the article with Mr D Reavell (a director of O&H properties) in todays T&C “Eco-town is popular claims its developer” and would like to reply on behalf of MMETAG (Marston Moreteyne Eco Town Action Group).
I cannot believe that Mr Reavell can be so belittling to an entire community. He mentions that a lot of people do not like change and that as we have grown up in the area we do not want to see it change. What planet is he on! Over the last 40 years this community has seen massive change; some good and some bad. We also accept that an area will evolve. What we do not accept or appreciate is one company and the goverment telling us that we should willingly accept 15,000 new houses which will somehow radically improve our existance.
I would also like to point out to David Reavell that contrary to his belief we are not a band of village yocals from a bye gone age. We are intelligent, rational people who care not only about the surrounding countryside he wishes to pave over but about a successful fully functional community that has taken over a thousand years to evolve. How dare he try to get around the issues we have pointed out to him and the government by trying to fob us off with suggesting we do not understand the bigger picture.
It’s amazing that since attending a meeting with him some months ago his figure for the requirement for homes in Mid Beds has risen 100% from 2500 to 5000.
I’m so glad O&H will give us substantial open space, football fields and lakes to enjoy because at present we have none of this do we. Wake up Mr Reavell ,open your eyes look out of the window as you drive through.
To say a third of people want this development and again to suggest a third are apathetic shows how arogant O&H are. I do not see 700 people trying to march in favour of it and I have not heard one person say they are in favour. Where are all of the action groups that support the 15,000 houses? If he can show overwheliming LOCAL support for his development lets see it.
He says local residents will benefit from new schools and better transport links. Whilst improving our standard of life is always welcome I do not understand why Marston Moretaine and other surrounding villages should be swept up in an urban sprawl to obtain this. We have great schools, great open space, very low unemployment and a new A421 road being built.
Thanks Mr Reavell for pointing out that we can grow our own food on allotments and do our work on the internet. Such radical ideas. Such dynamic thinking. Definitely worth destroying the local area for. Wasn’t it developers who built on all the allotments in the first place and wasn’t it developers who built thousands of overpriced houses when they should have been building affordable housing?
Once again O&H have demonstrated they have no solid reason as to why we should accept this monstrosity and also show they are completely out of touch with local opinion. Their comments are continually lame and have no firm footing.
The multi million pound company O&H is so interested in local residents that in 6 months it has given us one roadshow. This consisted of nine display boards which did not give hard facts or definates. The only reason a series roadshows has been put in place is due to government intervention as O&H were told their public consultation was lacking.
Mr Reavell states a third of people were completely opposed to the development, a third were apathetic and a third were in favour. In this case how can he explain that 91% of people polled on exiting the Marston Moreteyne roadshow objected to the development? Come on O&H tell us!
It seems to MMETAG that O&H are trying to pacify local opposition by again and again reiterating the same old points – it’s just another massive building development dressed up as a utopian dream.