At last night’s (12 July ’21) meeting of the Mildenhall (Minal) Parish Council members voted overwhelmingly to object to the Application (PL/2021/04663). This is in contrast to the approval (with comments) voted by the Planning Committee of Marlborough Town Council on Monday evening last week (05 July).
Minal Councillor’s objection was based on the despoliation of the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the intention to construct a new entrance on Poulton Hill to facilitate horse-boxes and HGVs which would increase danger on an already overcrowded road.
A real concern voiced was that there would be a significant increase in vehicular traffic into the little hamlet of Poulton which would include horseboxes and HGVs besides over 100 smaller vehicle movements. Already there are acknowledged to be forty or so movements every day. It was also felt that the proposed new entrance at the foot of Poulton Hill would undoubtedly add danger to an already overcrowded and dangerous stretch of the C6 road.
Councillors also noted that ARK and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust were not in favour of the development for ecological reasons. Residents attending the meeting argued against the proposal detailed in the Application on the basis of consequent damage to the AONB, ecology, wildlife and the Og which flows into the Kennet nearby. Moreover, they were concerned that the old household waste-tip pre-1980 would be disturbed by new groundworks which might easily lead to pollution of these rivers.
Councillors also discussed the question of noise, security lights and visual impact on the residents of Tin Pit and the fact that no attention has been given to the disposal of the large amounts of animal manure which will be generated with the very real possibility of leaching into the water-course.
Their vote to object was overwhelming and the proposal was summarised by one Councillor, Anna Whitehead who stated that “It is shoe-horning something into a space that is not the right fit.”