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Dear Neighbour, our village is about to be hit by the huge development in Arborfield - but there is still time for

us to make a difference. We may not be able to stop the development itself, but we cAN do much to lessen the impact it will have.

INCREASE IN TRAFFIC
WBC have failed to consider the traffic impact on Eversley, which goes against Government policy. Volume of traffic through Eversley will increase - we currently have a peak time average of one vehicle passing every 3 seconds on the A327. There could be an additional 7,000 cars passing through our village daily. It will become impossible to cross the road or walk safely through the village. The A327 is already at capacity and unfit for purpose. 15 yrs of HGV construction traffic could decimate village life. There is no scope to widen the road, add cycle lanes or even a pavement.

PLEASE AcT NOW


... as the deadline for us all to make our objections is

EVERSLEY IN DANGER

27th July 2011

The Garrison Development is much, much bIGGER than the brownfield Garrison site - extending to within a mile of Eversley itself. Eversley residents have not been consulted about the effect this will have on our village. The development includes 1 x Secondary School, 2 x Primary Schools, a Supermarket, 3,500 houses, district centre shops and a Bus Depot. NO PROVISION hAS bEEN mADE for the extra traffic through Eversley and surrounding areas. Sand and gravel for construction is very likely to be brought through Eversley on the B3272 and A327. The construction period will last uNTIL 2026. Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) has not properly consulted local and regional councils. Only after a legal challenge, lodged in the High Court by 6 local parish councils, did WBC open a new consultation period, which is NOW! Every resident, who wants to object or comment, needs to write in their own words about how it will affect them personally. Each letter needs to be different if ten identical letters are received they will only be counted as one objection. Our recommendation is to cite personal concern regarding the points outlined here. We have divided the issues into three main areas for concern. If you wish to clarify anything or get more detailed information, look at the Parish website www.eversleyparishcouncil.co.uk - or email us at Eversleymatters@hotmail.com. Thank you.

cAN YOu ImAGINE YOuRSELF GOING AbOuT YOuR DAILY LIFE IN ThE VILLAGE WITh ALL ThIS TRAFFIc?

ENvIRoNmENTAl ImpACT
Planning Policy states that the historic environment should be protected. WBC has failed to consider the historic importance of The Street in Eversley, which is a conservation area. Planning Policy states that gaps should be created between existing communities. Building on the green fields south of the Garrison will significantly reduce that gap. The master plan leaves it open for additional houses to be built above the 3,500 initially planned. We will all be affected by the increase in traffic, noise, pollution, vibrations and disturbance, with likely damage to our environment and property. This goes against the Human Rights Act of 1998.

GENERAl polICy ANd lEGISlATIoN ISSuES


Government legislation requires WBC to consult on both its master plans and core strategies. WBC failed to notify Eversley residents about either consultation period. Government policy also states that housing must be provided in suitable locations with access to jobs and amenities: The developments location does not have sufficient road infrastructure to allow people to move around safely. There is such a lack of current facilities that WBC must build a new town in the countryside to support the number of planned houses. If so much new infrastructure is required then this development is too large and in the wrong place. A more suitable site with amenities close by should be identified.

WhAT YOu cAN DO AbOuT ALL ThIS


Please write with your concerns to the addresses below Emails can be sent direct to spd@wokingham.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can write to: Cris Lancaster, Master Planner Wokingham Borough Council Policy and Partnerships PO Box 157 Shute End Wokingham Berkshire RG40 1WR Feel free to email Eversleymatters@hotmail.com if you need any further assistance or clarification. If you are happy to do so, please email us a blind copy (bcc) of what you send. Be aware that WBC are obliged to write back to you confirming they have logged your comments. We also suggest if your email system allows, that you request a receipt of delivery. This will confirm to you that WBC has received your email. Arborfield residents are also fighting this development - you can visit www.ag-rag.org for more information. Plans can be viewed at either Wokingham Borough Council offices, or online at www.wokingham.gov.uk/ planningcontrol/planning/masterplanning/sdls/. Thank you for your time.

ThIS lEAFlET hAS bEEN puT ToGEThER by EvERSlEy mATTERS A SmAll NumbER oF CoNCERNEd RESIdENTS, who ARE woRkING wITh EvERSlEy pARISh CouNCIl TowARdS A SAFER EvERSlEy

EVERSLEY chOKED bY NEW TRAFFIc