Please consider making a donation to “CAUSE”. We have already raised funding for the first leaflet campaign and to initiate a biodiversity survey of the River Marden. We desperately need more contributions, however small, in order to widen our publicity and get more expert or legal input. Wiltshire Council are spending a massive £5m just on planning for the new roads. Whilst we can’t hope to match this, we will make use of the expertise of our supporters, liaise with other specialist groups e.g. Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and very carefully target any funds we raise to counter the proposed development. Your contribution will be secured in a dedicated bank account and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.
Wiltshire Council plan to build 7,500 new houses (with 10,000 plus additional vehicles) and a large distributer road on unspoilt, ecologically significant parts of North Wiltshire.
- Turn Chippenham into an even bigger commuter town, with even more congestion;
- Worsen the poor air quality in and around Calne;
- Massively increase greenhouse gas emissions as a result of the additional traffic;
- Have an adverse impact on the health and premature deaths as a result of air pollution;
- Increase flood risk in downstream Chippenham and beyond;
- Destroy the wildlife corridor and biodiversity along the River Avon and Marden valleys;
- Destroy good quality farmland needed to stop our reliance on other countries for food supply, including the loss of county farms;
- Destroy valuable, unspoiled river landscapes and their public amenity value.
Given the declared Global Climate Emergency, it is astonishing that the Council would even consider building on land that is so vital to our future and that would undermine the battle against climate change. In fact, we believe that in the midst of a global Climate Emergency, unsustainable development of this kind should not be permitted.
Thank you for your support!
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