Friday, 7 March 2014

Labour "Scaremongering" Over False Plans To Build On Flood Plain

Labour has been accused of scaremongering after telling residents of Cambridge’s East Chesterton that there are plans to build on a floodplain on the site of the Chesterton Bowls Club.

The party’s forthcoming election candidate, Dr Peter Sarris told householders that a plan to build 250 homes on the site in Logan’s Way was being advocated by the campaigners against development on Wort’s Causeway and Cambridge Past and Present.

But Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Ian Manning, who represents East Cambridgeshire says the claims are false and misleading.

“The Liberal Democrat-led Cambridge City Council is totally against developing on flood plains or green open spaces and has an excellent record of not doing so,” he told residents in a newsletter.

“The last development on a floodplain was the Vie estate which went ahead under the framework set up under Labour in 1996.”

And he added later: “These claims by Labour are false and misleading. They are scaremongering and residents should ignore them.

“I am pushing Cambridgeshire County Council and the Environment Agency to carry out a flood capacity review in East Cambridgeshire and I urge all residents to take part in it if it goes ahead.”