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Developments at Oakhanger Equestrian CentreTony Lloyd-Weston   05/07/2007

Probably unknown to many in Alsager, are the problems facing the residents of Oakhanger, especially those living near to Oakhanger Equestrian Centre.

Despite many planning applications having been passed with conditions attached which are then ignored, nothing seems to be done to curb the senseless damage being caused to ancient hedging in the area's lanes. Congestion has also been a serious problem coupled with the dangers of large heavy goods vehicles travelling along little more than single track roads. Worse still plans referred to the Planning Appeals, when enforcement has had to take place, but the local council, Crewe & Nantwich, have failed to follow through with its legal obligations.

The result is noise of traffic and horse shows, fields being filled in with vast amounts of hardcore, thus compounding an already siginificant problem with flooding in the area, bordering on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Oakhanger Moss.

Parish, Borough and County Councillors are aware of what is happening, but planning and environmental departments at Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council seem to be unable to offer any reasonable explantion for the state of impass and systematic failure in fulfilling their legal obligations.

Anyone with any ideas how this could be moved forward, please forward them. Many thanks.