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Lib Dem candidates oppose plans for former Wolverhampton Environment Centre

April 18, 2021 1:37 PM
By Bryan Lewis

There are plans to build two, three and four-bedroom houses on the site of the former Wolverhampton Environment Centre (WEC) off Westacre Crescent, in Finchfield.

The two Liberal Democrat candidates for Tettenhall Wightwick, David Marsh and Peter Hollis, have issued a joint statement.

They said, "The development of this site is inappropriate in such a sensitive site adjacent to the Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve, and it would impact to the detriment both of the plant and animal wildlife and the amenity value of the Smestow Valley. This is an area which is greatly valued by local people for its tranquillity and has been especially well used during the pandemic."

"The national shortage of affordable housing is acute, and we support development on the many brownfield sites in urban areas, including the need for more social housing as prices are driven ever upwards by the housing shortage and government inaction. But development of "executive" housing in environmentally sensitive areas is not appropriate and would do next to nothing to address the very real housing problem we face."

David Marsh, who was Liberal Democrat candidate in Tettenhall Wightwick two years ago added that he had opposed the proposal in his 2019 campaign and will continue to do so.

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