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Bridge will ruin our community say protesters

PUBLISHED: 16:05 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:12 25 August 2010

PROTEST: Residents say no to the plans which they say are a bridge too far.

PROTEST: Residents say no to the plans which they say are a bridge too far.

ANXIOUS residents say they will move out of their idyllic road if plans to build a dangerous bridge get the go ahead. Barratt Homes plans to build 214 flats on the former Electobase site in Maxim Road, off Roman Way, Crayford.

ANXIOUS residents say they will move out of their 'idyllic road' if plans to build a 'dangerous' bridge get the go ahead.

Barratt Homes plans to build 214 flats on the former Electobase site in Maxim Road, off Roman Way, Crayford.

The plans submitted to Bexley council on July 1 include building a bridge to give traffic access over the River Cray to Wolsley Close.

But Wolsley Close residents oppose the plans and handed over a petition with 180 signatures and 74 letters of objection to MP David Evennett last Thursday.

They claim they were never consulted on the plans and only found out when Barratt Homes posted a glossy brochure about the development, through their doors, in July.

Steven Childs, 38, whose two children, Tom, two and Jack, four, often play on the close said the plans will ruin their community.

Mr Childs, who has lived on the Close for eight years, said: "They ride their bikes on the Close. People that drive into it know that children play on the road and they are careful. It worries me that I am going to have potentially 300 cars passing through my road.

"It will affect my boys' childhoods because it is restrictive. I won't be able to let Jack out to play. There is a playing green round the corner which is going to be a car park. They won't have anywhere to play football.

"I will seriously consider moving if this goes ahead.

"That is the reason we moved here, that little bit of green land. It was ideal. And it will drive down the house prices."

The site is already connected to Roman Road by a bridge from a derelict industrial site owned by Sainsbury's, as well as three other access routes.

A spokesman for Barratt Homes said: "We intend that this link will be temporary until the Sainsbury's owned land to the east is developed.

"Following this, the proposed new bridge will be closed to cars and become a footpath and cycleway only."

The plans are expected to be scrutinised by Bexley council's planning board in October.

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