Government urged to respond to concerns

SARAH Teather MP has demanded a response from the Government about her petition against a controversial development. The MP for Brent East has appealed to John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to urgently respond to a

SARAH Teather MP has demanded a response from the Government about her petition against a controversial development.

The MP for Brent East has appealed to John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to urgently respond to a petition, signed by 2,500 people, against the Brent Cross Cricklewood Development.

The �4billion scheme is expected to create around 7,500 homes, 27,000 jobs, three schools, new health facilities and parks, developed around a new town centre to extend north and south of the North Circular Road.

Local campaign groups, councillors and residents associations came together to hand in the petition more than a month ago demanding that the Government intervene but no response has yet been received.


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The petition, organised by Ms Teather, states that the plan affects those outside of Barnet Council and criticised the new waste site based off Edgware Road after it was revealed it was not announced to the waste authority.

A second petition by Friends of the Earth states that there will be 29,000 extra cars per day on the road and that the proposal's sustainability needs to be reviewed.

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Ms Teather said: "It is completely unacceptable for the Government to ignore an appeal from thousands of people in Brent.

"If Barnet's plans go ahead the impact on our area could be catastrophic. Any redevelopment at Brent Cross must respect the environment and take account of people on both sides of the Barnet/Brent border.

"As it is, people in Barnet get all the shiny new buildings while people in Brent are lumbered with a rubbish dump and tens of thousands of extra cars on our streets.

"In the face of such overwhelming local opposition the Secretary of State must call in the development and hold an inquiry. We need action now and will not stand by and let the government bury their head in the sand."

Ms Teather joins several other high profile characters, including Brent council leader Cllr Paul Lorber and Cllr Navin Shah, the London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, who have criticised the proposals in recent weeks.

Both Brent Council and Camden Council have formally opposed the scheme.

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