20th Mar, 2019

Let's get together: Call to reform association as Eastern Gateway looms

A RALLYING call has gone out to resurrect Winyates Green Residents Association.

The idea is being driven by Julie Mackintosh, a former member of the association, and comes in the wake of the decision to build the Redditch Eastern Gateway on the doorstep of the estate.

“My personal view is that there are a lot of things questions still to be answered about the Redditch Eastern Gateway, and it’s not about it all being in our backyard,” said Julie.

“We still don’t know about the volume of traffic, the pollution, and I mean light pollution as well as this development will be operating 24/7 and also about parking.

“As it is with the car dealership, hotel, and offices on Far Moor Lane there isn’t enough parking as it is – where are all the extra cars going to go?

“It’s the people of Winyates Green who are going to be affected by this more than anyone else, but drivers wanting to access the A435 or coming off it are going to face problems too.”

However Julie was at pains to emphasise that any residents association would belong to the members rather than have views or policies imposed on them.

“It won’t be my association it will be theirs and it will reflect what they want to do,” she said.

Winyates Green once did have a residents association and Julie, who has lived on the estate for 32 years, well remembers the summer fetes and Christmas parties it used to organise.

Now, with an impetus like the Eastern Gateway behind it she is hoping locals will once again feel the need to come together again for the benefit of all.

To that end she has organised a meeting on Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm at the community centre in Furze Lane, to test the strength of feeling and to which everyone is welcome.

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