The expert in appeal must be in ‘cloud, cuckoo land’

I HAVE just received notice that the planning application appeal to erect up to 200 executive style houses on land adjacent to the stretch of the A192 Earsdon Road that runs between the Earsdon Red Lion pub roundabout and the Monkseaton Drive roundabout has been upheld.

I thought your readers would be interested in some of the points used by the appellant’s experts in support of their case. I certainly was.

We were told that the families who would occupy these executive four bedroomed, two garage homes will not use their cars to take their children to and from school – they will either walk or use the adequate public transport services already available.

The same would apply when these families did their shopping, visited their local medical centres and travelled to and from their places of employment.

Our concerns over increased traffic congestion along the A192 section of Earsdon Road that runs between the roundabouts at Monkseaton Drive and Cauldwell Lane were groundless – the introduction of the set of traffic lights to replace the mini ‘Sainsbury’s’ roundabout at the junction with Rosemount Way and Sandringham Drive would ease traffic flow instead of making it worse.

Eventually, the true reason came to light concerning the introduction of the extra traffic lights – the implementation of Government policy.

This policy is to ensure that any journey taken by car would become so frustrating and inconvenient that the car users would choose to use public transport rather than sit in traffic jams and long lines of slow moving traffic.

Three words spring to mind about these expert opinions – cloud, cuckoo and land.

GLENN STILLAWAY

West Monkseaton