The quality of the Transport Assessment for the proposed business park at the former Daw Mill Colliery site was challenged at apublic meeting in Coleshill Town Hall on Thursday (14August).  The meeting was held to protest the likelihood that HGV’s will go through the town if the planning application is granted for the business park. Cllr Kirsteen Wootton pointed out that the Assessment submitted by the owners Haworth Estates did not even mention the key bottleneck likely to face HGV’s at the Green Man Crossroads in the town. 

Mike O’Brien supported Cllr Wootton’s view that the Transport Assessment was poor and called on county council transport officials to challenge it when they met Haworth Estates next week. If the Transport assessment was inadequate the Council should say that and the application should be rejected.

About 170 people attended the meeting to hear a cross party panel including former Labour MP Mike O’Brien, Conservative Cllr Peter Fowler, as well as the Transport Planning Officer for the county council and a former police officer launch a campaign to stop the planning application being granted. The meeting had been called by Cllr Harry Taylor, who chaired it.

Over Whitacre Parish Council had called a similar meeting two days before at the Community Centre in Nether Whitacre to kick start the campaign for people in the villages near to Daw Mill.

Cllr Harry Taylor who said, “There is now a real head of steam building against the proposal for HGV’s.  Although Labour councillors called this meeting; there was no party politics involved. Mike O’Brien rightly suggested we should reach across party lines to form a united front with local Conservative Cllr Peter Fowler, so that the whole community has united against the threat of hundreds of HGV’s blighting our town. Mike and Peter had exactly the same message: we don’t want these HGV’s coming through Coleshill.  I was also delighted that a number of Borough Councillors from other areas, including the North Warwickshire Mayor Cllr Ray Sweet came to listen to what local people had to say. They will decide on the application later this year.

“I urge everyone who cares about Coleshill to go on the Borough Council website and register an objection to the HGV’s.

“Coleshill will fight the HGV proposal.  We are not against a business park but we are against any HGV’s.”

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