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Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 11:27:41 +0100
Subject: August Loombreaker - Issue 21

Gee Cross Action (Tameside)

In Tameside, an old plan has been resurrected to build over a pond and ancient woodland. Though there are currently 1,000 surplus places in the area, the Council want a new (Private Finance Initiative) school creating an extra 750 places. It will be built through PFI, so after it's planned lifespan of 20-25 years, the developer will be free to knock it down and do what they will. The land it is due to swallow is disputed land, part common land, part owned by the Area Health Authority. Three years ago Green Belt land was compulsorily purchased to add insult to injury. The land contains two officially-classified Sites of Biological Interest a pond with Great Crested Newts and other species making it "very protected", plus the woodland which is home to two badger setts, bat roosts, foxes, sparrowhawks, owls, kestrels, with the hedges acting as the main breeding grounds for the song birds of the area.

The Council have refused to protect a row of mature trees, as this would get in the way of the plan, and look set to fight the application to get the land classed as a Village Green.

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