Grantham Journal letter: Residents are not a bunch of Nimbys!

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Hmmm, now what can politely be said about the letter from the mildly-irritated ‘Name and address supplied’ in last week’s Journal?

Having read it a few times to determine what worthwhile/intelligent points to respond to, it became abundantly clear that there aren’t any - it’s simply a load of bile-fuelled twaddle written by someone who knows absolutely nothing of the very real environmental issues which we residents on the Manthorpe estate currently cope with on a daily basis.

Levelling the term of Nimbyism is incorrect - that terminology is relevant where there is no good reason for objection other than not wanting some form of ‘development’ to take place close to ‘their area’.

There are so many wildly inaccurate, OTT comments peppering the writer’s letter. I suggest that the writer should reflect rather more on their paragraph ‘Do we hear much in the way of objection to other developments in and around the town from the residents of the Manthorpe estate’. Simply, the answer is No, because it is stupid to write a load of verbose rubbish about issues upon which we have insufficient knowledge to make educated comments.

Larkfleet have progressively displayed disdain for Grantham. If they manage to win their appeal to halt the Southern Relief Road and Southern Quadrant and ‘force’ their Manthorpe development through the planning system, then that is ‘a foot in the door’. Having set a precedent for development, it will only be a short matter of time before applications are made for OPP for the whole field.

The writer’s final paragraph displays their obvious disdain of the Manthorpe estate but are they as rudely dismissive of the damage which Larkfleet’s development proposals will create for the lovely conservation village of Manthorpe, or the attractive scenery of the adjoining Belton House, a National Trust estate?

The environmental damage caused by airborne pollution is a very real issue to health, building facades and local ecology.

Get back down to reality and away from such dramatic claptrap involving ‘annihilation’ and ‘rhinos’! What’s needed is intelligent comment about the real issues facing Grantham residents, whichever part of town they choose to happily reside within.

Unhysterical Manthorpe estate resident

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