Campaigners in the Glebe Road area who have had their lives disrupted by building work nearby appear to have hit the nail on the head by giving their Twitter account the name Glebe Road Farce.
It is very hard not to have sympathy with them and their stance after some have had to endure flooding several times in just a short space of time and what they say is a lack of understanding from the developers, who they want to take more responsibility.
The people living in Glebe Road, Thornborough Close and Kettering Road in Little Bowden have been hit by flooding three times in the last nine months. If any of the housing developer’s management team had suffered the muddy flood water cascading down the hill from the Redrow housing development at the end of Glebe Road, then you can be sure that something would have been done about it.
Sunday’s protest shows the strength of feeling, but also raises important questions about future developments.
With so much housing due to be built in and around Harborough in the coming years (see story Major homes plan on public display) we must ensure that developers are good neighbours.
The district council must do all it can to impose conditions, and then police those conditions, to make sure the building firms don’t ride roughshod over them.
Because, if they do not, the antagonism towards these planned housing developments will only continue to grow.
Column by Neil Pickford.
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