One piece of good news today. The Government has made it clear that Micheldever Station is not going to be one of its new eco-towns.
I’m really pleased. This was an eco-town proposal that wasn’t eco. It was going to have an appalling effect on traffic congestion and emissions. It was going to concrete over the countryside – rather than using brown field land as per the original specification.
In essence, it was a half-baked greenwash of a bad idea that had previously been repeatedly rejected.
Most of the credit for this belongs with the Dever Society and particularly their very impressive vice-chair, Tessa Robertson, who got a big round of applause today at the celebration meeting (or, more accurately, celebration walk across some fields that were threatened with being concreted over).
There was also huge public opposition. The online petition against the proposed Micheldever Station eco-town got more support than any of the other petitions around the country opposing local eco-towns.
The Dever Society is intending to continue campaigning until Zurich Insurance and Eagle Star give up on their plans. I certainly intend to keep doing what I can to support them. They need members and support: the more the better. If you’d like to join, the membership form is here.