Protesters backed by council in fight against new homes in Ammanford
8:00am Wednesday 11th July 2012 in News
ONE of Ammanford’s few remaining “green lungs”
must not be allowed to disappear forever beneath an estate of 16 new houses.
That is the belief of Ammanford town councillors who have resolved to come out fighting against the plans, which have shocked residents of Myddynfych.
They say the outline planning application for 16 homes on land adjacent to Lletyrdderwen threatens “a haven” for wildlife that is also popular with children and voted to register their opposition to the development.
Cllr Colin Evans told colleagues at last week’s monthly meeting that the site in question was prone to flooding and the fact it was elevated suggested possible privacy issues.
“This field between Myddynfych and Brynmawr is one of the only bits of ‘green lung’ we have left - communities need them,” he said.
He added that the proposal, which he felt could lead to future developments, had generated a huge amount of debate and controversy and that he would call on the county council’s planning committee to make a site visit.
Cllr Andrew Lewis claimed access to the site was inadequate for heavy lorries. “Let’s not forget that this is a council estate with a lot of children running about,” he added.
Cllr Jonathan Davies said he had heard residents express constant road traffic concerns while out canvassing for the May elections.
“It would be desecration if they built here,” said Cllr Irena Hopkins. “It would spoil the whole area.”
Mum-of-five Tracey Curtis, who has drawn up a 140-name protest petition, said locals were “heartbroken”
at the prospect of losing more green space.
“To damage or destroy any of this would have a devastating impact on the local environment,” she said.
“The green in front of the field where the proposed development would take place is an area where children play, people walk their dogs and the local community get to know one another - something that is rare in a lot of communities nowadays.”
A county council spokesman said the application was still in the consultation period and it was not yet known when it would go before the planning committee.