BABTAG to Fight on

Now that we know that there will be no government intervention to delay or block the 4500 houses of the north-east of Leicester SUE (our Call-In request was rejected by the Department for Communities and Local Government at the end of March) BABTAG accepts that this vast new development will be built over the next 15-20 years.
BABTAG will NOT liquidate itself but is changing its role from opposing the new town to ensuring that all the assurances wrung out of the developers will be honoured especially with regard to roads and traffic.
BABTAG’s new purpose which was ratified unanimously at the action group’s AGM on 12th May is:-
To defend the rural identity and integrity of the parishes of Barkby and Barkby Thorpe and the eastern edge of Thurmaston during the building of the north east of Leicester SUE.
To hold the developers to their public commitments on the provision of community services and facilities and to ensure that all section 106 agreements are honoured.
To monitor all agreed traffic mitigation measures and to campaign for additional mitigation if traffic through the villages rises above predicted levels.
To ensure that as far as possible these aims are in line with the wishes of the existing communities in the area.
The Chairman of BABTAG, Owen Bentley, is heartened by the attitude of the BABTAG committee. “Since 2008 BABTAG, whilst accepting that some new housing is vital to the area, has opposed the scale of the development. Now that we’ve lost that argument we are not rolling over and giving up but will do all in our power to safeguard the interests of the local communities bordering the new houses.”