Changes to the Thornton Side development plan
We the undersigned ask Linden the developers to make the following changes to the Thornton Side development plan to make it more acceptable to residents, and by doing so reduce opposition to it. This is the “last chance” on Watercolour to make the difference to current and future residents.
1. Build the community space. The proposed plan has closed the de facto community spaces that sprang up naturally (the boxing club, young mothers and children support, etc). We ask Linden to fulfil the original vision of a Watercolour Village Community by completing the promised building of a space for these and other community functions, proportional to the size of the community it will serve - as opposed to just making Watercolour an even bigger housing development.
2. Make the site a “considerate construction” site, restricting hours of work from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, to allow safe movement of children to Kiddi Karu etc, reduce traffic volume & pollution, and allow residents relief from building disruption.
3. Relocate the new playground away from traffic (currently proposed between three roads) and increase it to the size of the existing one by The Kilns to be proportionate to the size of the community it will serve.
4. Make the road passing the site a permanent one way, running off Canalside down Thornton Side past Holmhurst Medical Centre, to avoid “two way” construction vehicles movement blocking the narrow entrance by the Vet.
5. Liaise with Surrey County Council Highway Authority to reverse the priority under the bridge joining Canalside with Trowers Way to make the priority leaving Watercolour, thus reducing traffic backing up into Canalside, pollution and disruption in an already crowded space, especially in such close proximity to the nursery.
6. Reduce the number of dwellings to a sustainable level, to reduce the already considerable pressure on the local infrastructure (GP, vet, nursery, etc), help reduce the need for - and provide adequate numbers of - parking spaces. Evidence the terrible parking problems across the rest of Watercolour due to the original inadequate parking provision!
7. Keep both branches of Reeds Meadow cul-de-sac. Opening them up will turn quiet & safe residential roads into a “rat run” for non-Watercolour drivers, putting residents and their children at greater risk for the volume and speed of traffic.
8. Join the two branches of Reeds Meadow with a pedestrian route, where the existing development meets the new one.
These changes will provide residents with the environment originally promised for the Watercolour Village.
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