RESIDENTS LAUnCH HOUSING PETITION

NEAALM110112C3 - Smithhurst Road Giltbrook. Resident Russ Milner against proposals for 96 houses to be built.
NEAALM110112C3 - Smithhurst Road Giltbrook. Resident Russ Milner against proposals for 96 houses to be built.

RESIDENTS in Giltbrook have launched a petition opposing plans to 96 houses being built in Smithurst Road.

People living in Brackenfield Drive, directly opposite the site, said there was a problem with speeding drivers and accidents in Smithurst Road already and the increase in traffic is only going to make matters worse.

One resident, Russ Miller, said there had been four serious car crashes in the road in the past few years, and said he cleared debris from the road after a car crashed into a fence on Christmas Eve.

“It is a bad bend,” he said.

“They come down the hill fast and two of the three entrances to the site are going to be where it is technically an accident blackspot.

“A car went through my hedge at the front about five years ago.”

The houses will be on the waste land between the shops and the children’s play park.

Russ said: “They will be driving right in front of the kids. It’s bad enough crossing the road as it is.”

Residents were also concerned about the impact on the local infrastructure, especially when there are already three other big housing developments underway in Giltbrook – The Bridleways off Hall Lane, an estate off Portland Road and another one in Giltway.

Resident Che Ip said: “There’s a development everywhere you look now.

“It doesn’t really seem fair when there are already two other big developments on going in Giltbrook. There’s not going to be the amenities to feed the residents.”

Richard Craigs who lives in Smithurst Road has emailed Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry and local councillor Margaret Handley for support.

He said Giltbrook did not have the roads, schools or healthcare to cope with ‘yet another housing estate’ and he was angry that he had not received a consultation letter.

Mr Craigs said: “The only reason I found out was because I came across a small poster on a lamppost. It’s probably the last bit of green in Giltbrook.”

The application for the new development was submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council by developers Cawborne Ltd last month but the Advertiser has been unable to trace them.

The public consultation runs until January 25.