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‘Gateway site – but not at any price,’ says poll

Gordon Penfold, Graham Brown and Roger Perkins of Fen End Lane, Spalding, near the proposed site for LIncs Gateway Business Park.

Gordon Penfold, Graham Brown and Roger Perkins of Fen End Lane, Spalding, near the proposed site for LIncs Gateway Business Park.

Campaigners worried about the impact of a proposed 60-acre business park near Spalding have carried out a survey showing that most people are against it.

The survey of people living in Fen End Lane, near the site of a planned new Lincs Gateway Business Park off the A16 between Spalding and Cowbit, showed that almost 60 per cent opposed the development.

When asked whether they were in favour of the business park, 58 per cent of respondents said no while 39 per cent said yes.

One of the people behind the survey, Graham Brown (57) of Fen End Lane, said: “The response was absolutely phenomenal, with 85 per cent of residents filling it in which is better that MPs get at the General Election.

“Some of the results from the survey surprised me in that almost 75 per cent of people living in Fen End Lane are over the age of 60.”

Graham and other residents want Ashley King Developments, which is behind the business park plans, to move a proposed storage and distribution unit away from their homes.

“I just want to bring what’s happening here to the front of people’s minds,” Graham said.

“It’s not a case of ‘not in my back yard’, but we do want to protect our way of life.”

• Michael Moran, of Warwickshire-based Moran Asset Management and partners of Ashley King Management on the Lincs Gateway Business Park, said: “We are engaging our consultants to work positively with South Holland District Council to work through the outstanding matters following the planning committee meeting.

“Our application was framed to mitigate any impact on local residents and we have suggested an amendment to our plan for the plot closest to Fen End Lane and additional provisions to the council to further address residents’ concerns.”

 

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