Determined battle to save green belt
CAMPAIGNERS from Siston turned out in force at the South Gloucestershire Council meeting to make the case against the Eastern options for the M4 Junction 18a and link road.
They said their village had not been given sufficient consideration in the report to the cabinet.
Zillah Savage said: “Siston is a unique and special area and its community cares about the past and looks forward to the ther future.”:
It would be as adversely affected as any of the surrounding areas by “a dual carriageway gouged through the green belt”, she added.
Mary Webb said the road would slice through every field on the farm that had been in her husband’s family for five generations and would have a catastrophic effect on their lifestyle and income.
Lisa Fry said she had moved from the city to a home in the green belt three years ago and had been shocked to hear last year of the possiblility of a road through the area.
She said the junction and link road were not wanted or needed but if they were to be built the Western option was preferable as it took much less green belt land.
Tony Payne spoke of the impact of any new road would have on the historic Siston Court and said that if the Eastern option went ahead it would ruin the idyllic ambience of Siston Lane by turning it into a rat run to the M4.
Steve Ward said areas in the Siston parish close to the A420 and the A4174 already suffered noise and air pollution, which would worsen if a dual carriageway were built through it.
Others agreed that there would be a negative impact on the whole of east Bristol.
Rick Dunning, from Pucklechurch Parish Council, said he was glad to see that the recommendations to the cabinet concurred with the parish council’s view that any eastern option was not acceptable.