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Walton: Resident accuse developers of bulldozing wildlife habitats
9:00am Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
HORRIFIED residents claim bulldozers are destroying wildlife as they clear a long-abandoned allotment site ready for development.
A planning application has been launched to build 14 new homes on the derelict allotment site off Chamberlain Avenue in Walton.
No decision has been made on the plans yet, but bulldozers moved onto the overgrown site on Monday to clear it for development.
But residents and animal campaigners say the site has become a habitat for animals and want it inspected properly before clearance to make sure any animals were moved on safely.
Eddie Fenwick, of Chamberlain Avenue, said: “Over the years it has developed into a habitat for wildlife. We know there are Muntjac deer living on there, and we are often feeding hedgehogs.
“The developers moved the bulldozers on without any thought of the wildlife there.
“All we want is an inspection to make sure the animals are moved away from the site properly, but they have jumped the gun."
The old allotment site has stood empty for about 20 years and has become overgrown.
Tim Snow, the architect dealing with the project, said every precaution was being taken to protect any animals on the site.
He said: “Our client has been approached by a number of local residents with concerns about the state of the site and the possibility of children getting on there and starting fires.
“It was established that the best and quickest way to clear the site was to get a machine on there.
“Those handling the clearance are walking the site as they go to be sure. They are very conscious of the concerns and are being very careful.”