Work is taking place on Hob Moor to install a new drain. The system will serve the new development on the former Our Lady’s school site.
It is understood that the work has forced a farmer to remove his cattle from the moor.
The development has always been unpopular with many as it was almost twice the size originally envisaged.
In addition the impact on traffic in the area is expected to be significant with many fearing that lack of parking space could cripple the estate. Already narrow roads like Ashford Place and Ascot Way are bearing the brunt of noise and vibration. from construction traffic.
However concerns about the Hob Moor nature reserve have been ignored by the Labour dominated planning committee when the developer has come back with several requests for modifications to their plans.
We understand that concerns have been raised with English Nature
Inadequate drainage in the area was one concern which led to a significant change to the site height about a month ago