Hundreds of members of the community came together and signed letters objecting to a proposed development in Marske last Saturday (2nd November). Residents turned out in force for a campaign organised by Marske’s local Labour Party alongside members of New Marske Residents Association and the Stop the Houses Campaign in a concerted local effort to fight plans for a massive new housing estate planned for the south of the town. The development, for a 1000 new houses and associated retail development, will front the length of the A174 from Longbeck Road to the Marske roundabout.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate Anna Turley, who had joined them, said:
“I support the campaign that the residents of Marske are running. This development is wholly unsuitable for the area. It is too large and will place impossible pressure on local infrastructure and services. While we recognise the importance of good local employment opportunities and the need nationally for house building, Marske cannot take this level of development being shoe-horned in here.
“This government promised ‘a new era of people power’ so now the residents of Marske must be listened to. The reality is that across Teesside and in Redcar and Cleveland we have acres of former industrial ‘brownfield’ land lying vacant and it is there that new houses should go, so as to allow for both regeneration and a better mix of homes – not just new development for speculation. What we are seeing here in Marske is just the physical impact of the policies of Eric Pickles and his friends in the property industry. I urge the council to listen to local people.”
Marske Labour Party had passed a motion prior to full council last week opposing this development and have submitted their opposition to the consultation. Residents are encouraged to attend the council’s consultation, arranged for Friday 8th November at Marske Leisure Centre 2pm to 7pm, to have their say.
Marske Labour member Norma Hensby said:
“My home has just suffered extensive damage from flooding. Anyone travelling along the Marske by-pass will have seen the large ponds regularly created after heavy rainfall. That problem will not go away with new houses – it will merely mean more run off from hard standing and new roadways. More development will put even greater pressure on the drainage system leading to more misery for local people.”