CRAG: Placed on war footing over Gladman

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Congresbury Residents Action Committee (CRAG) was placed on a war footing this week in readiness for a coming battle with land agents Gladman.

After last week’s shameful back-sliding by North Somerset Council’s sheep-like planning committee, CRAG has decided to take on the developer’s plan for 50 houses in Wrington Lane.

The council has already approved a plan for 38 homes on Wrington Lane – now they have rolled over and accepted a further 50 on a road that is barely adequate for current traffic volumes, says CRAG’s Mary Short.

CRAG will provide the main opposition to the firm of developers if there is a public inquiry next month. “CRAG has a pretty good track record of organising for a public hearing and we’ll be ready to give Gladman the same treatment that saw Barrats lose two years ago,” added Mary.

This will involve leaflets, a survey of local residents, the organising of witness statements and how to respond to cross-examination if it should get that far. CRAG is aware that Gladman could decide to withdraw from the public inquiry at the last minute.

John Mills John Mills

Journalist and jazz saxophonist John Mills has lived in Congresbury for more than 25 years, moving to the village from West London with his wife Rocki and 10 month old son, Sam in 1979. After a few years in Clevedon, John and Rocki moved back to the village in 2006, renovating and extending a bungalow in Yew Tree Park. Sadly, Rocki died in 2013. John, 71 keeps busy musically, playing with Cadbury Wind Band, with his son in the Sam Mills Quintet, and with a newly formed duo, Sax in the City with fellow Congresbury saxophonist and vocalist, Louise Harris.


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