|Hebdon Road residents: "No access to Springfield"|
|Friday, 03 September 2010 15:30|
With a new planning application due to be submitted to Wandsworth Council on 7th September, opposition to the planned development is reaching fever pitch again.
Last night over 100 residents from Hebdon Road, Lingwell Road and Ansell Road in Tooting angrily questioned Andrew Simpson, the director of the development plans, about new plans to turn their peaceful cul-de-sac into a road access point for the new 850 unit development.
Michelle Bruce, a resident of Hebdon Road and neighbourhood representative spoke, "we will not accept any concessions on vehicular access through our road as it will change the character of our community, which we value for being quiet and safe place for families.
"In addition, there are also still key changes which we feel need to be made to the plans regarding the buffer zone between properties and boundary lines and pedestrian access points through the cemetery.
"We have the verbal support of more than 350 residents and we will fight on together as a community so that the Springfield Development Group come back to us with a more reasonable proposal.
"We are all broadly supportive of the re-development plans for the hospital, we just ask the Springfield Group to work with us to find a reasonable solution that works for us all".
Sadiq Khan MP, who has been campaigning on the side of local residents since the first plans were unveiled to re-develop the site, said, "I am thoroughly disappointed that the Hospital appear to be acting like th Duke of York.
"They have walked local residents up the hill of consultation only to have marched them down again without having listened to residents genuine concerns about the new plans.
"The message from local residents is clear: there must not be a new access on Hebdon Road."
"Residents on all sides of the development - near Beechcroft Road, Burntwood Lane, College Gardens, St George's Grove, Glenburnie Road and Hebdon Road - still have serious concerns about the plans and their impact on traffic, transport and the quality of life for local residents.
"It is clear that local residents still do not trust the Hospital and do not feel they have been consulted properly about the impact of these plans."
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