An open letter to the Leader of Stockton Borough Council:
Dear Councillor Cook
I am writing to ask you to save an important piece of the Green Wedge in Thornaby
According to a report I have been shown which is going before Stockton Borough Council Cabinet this week, it is intended to firm up exactly where the green wedge extends to and which land it covers. Sending a clear message to builders and developers, this offers an important protection against future house building and is very welcome.
Unfortunately as part of that exercise I see that officers of the council will be asking you to free up land at Thorntree Farm and an adjacent field for housing development.
Residents have fought several successful battles to stop house building here and preserve this land, along with the wider green wedge that separates Thornaby and Ingleby Barwick. Councillors from all parties on the Town Councils as well as the Borough Council have stood firm with residents in their battle to safeguard this precious resource; indeed thousands of pounds have been spent on fighting planning appeals in the neighbourhood.
If this land is taken out of the green wedge it will give the green light to developers and will be a backward step.
In this open letter I am calling on you and your cabinet to insist that Thorntree Farm and the field next door are kept within the green wedge and I look forward to hearing that you have once again stood firm with local people.
PS Isn’t it a disgrace that we have still not heard back from Mr Pickles, Conservative Secretary of State on the result of the expensive planning enquiry for the building of 550 houses on nearby green wedge at Low Lane. His decision is two months overdue now. Surely he couldn’t be frightened of the political repercussions?