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VIDEO: Some 120 residents march in protest against “slaughter” of 330 trees in Maidstone

PUBLISHED: 14:04 12 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:13 12 November 2013

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Campaigners braved the wet weather to protest

The fight to save threatened ancient woodland in Maidstone stepped up a gear at the weekend with more than 120 residents staging a march to help defeat the “slaughter” of 330 trees.

Campaigners in Allington took to the streets to voice their opposition to plans for a 500-house development on greenfield land just outside Maidstone.

The development would include an access road cutting through an area of ancient woodland, close to Maidstone Hospital.

The New Allington Action Group (NAAG) has accused the council of ignoring public opinion after they gathered 2,000 signatures earlier this year from residents opposing the developments which they say will “slaughter 330 trees” at Bluebell Wood.

Objectors have until Thursday, November 14, to register their opposition before the council starts weighing up the options.

The march, which took place on Saturday, saw residents march from St Andrews Road along Hermitage Lane to Allington and passing Bluebell Woods.

Chair of NAAG Keith Young said: “Ancient woodland sites are precious and irreplaceable and the wildlife provide a home will surely die if we allow predacious overdevelopment to happen in our midst.

“The council, the developers and the Government at national level cannot be allowed to ignore the tremendous cumulative effects of extra houses and the loads they create on our existing infrastructure, causing choked up Roads and Junctions on an unacceptable scale”.

Resident and joint event organiser Diana Lewins added: “Thanks to everyone’s determination to join us in the pouring rain on Saturday.

“It shows the strength of local feeling in these dreadful conditions. I thank the hundred plus residents who came out to drum a message that we will not accept this over-development and any loss of Bluebell Woods.”

To comment on the application go to www.maidstone.gov.uk and see planning reference 13/1749 and Tonbridge and Malling planning ref 13/03147 at http://bit.ly/1eI1d8d.

For more information on the campaign see http://www.naag.kry4help.co.uk/

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