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Twydall residents rally against council homes earmarked for Sturry Way Park

People have begun a campaign to stop the building of new homes on a park.

Sturry Way Park in Twydall has been earmarked for council houses.

The land at Sturry Way Park (15881570)
The land at Sturry Way Park (15881570)

The local authority-owned land could see the development of up to 20 houses of two and three bedrooms.

Residents in Twydall were sent letters last week inviting them to attend a drop-in surgery today (Thursday, September 5) at Woodchurch House Sheltered Housing Complex in Woodchurch Crescent from 9am.

It will also give people the chance to look at proposals to build council houses in Lynsted Road (five properties), Eastcourt Lane (14 properties) and Brabourne Avenue (four properties).

A petition opposing the plans for development of the park has already been set up.

Ben Potter, who lives in Woodchurch Crescent which runs alongside the park, said: “It’s the overpopulation of the area; it’s not healthy for people to keep living on top of each over.”

The four sites that could see new the development of new council houses (15886428)
The four sites that could see new the development of new council houses (15886428)

Mr Potter set up a Facebook group for people campaigning against the plans after receiving his letter.

Sara Spellman, who has been campaigning against the proposal to build 1,250 homes off Pump Lane, Rainham, has joined this latest campaign.

She said: “Brabourne is at the end of my garden and I can only presume it’s building on the two sets of garages there.

“The meetings, I feel, have deliberately been set up for during the week. There’s no weekend alternative.”

Twydall councillor Hazel Browne (Lab) said: “We are losing green space in a very developed space.

Cllr Hazel Browne, Medway Council (15893169)
Cllr Hazel Browne, Medway Council (15893169)

“The park is a green space where people can go and relax. We can’t support the over-development of Woodchurch green.”

Medway Council currently has a total of 2,988 properties across Twydall, Gillingham and Rainham.

To view the petition, go to click here.

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