St Paul’s development

Plans for an M! service station at Smithy Wood have stirred up controversy
Plans for an M! service station at Smithy Wood have stirred up controversy
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In last week’s Star St Paul’s Development cropped up.

Is this the same St Paul’s who have gone cap in hand on more than one occasion to Objective One for money to develop sites, including Smithy Wood Coke plant?

This was to bring employment to the area and it is still questionable what employment they have brought in so far.

The Objective One money bought acres of land, including Green Belt.

If it is being farmed the farmer will in all probability have to pay rent on the land.

The development of Smithy Wood is not about safety or time saving but big business wanting to take over more land for very little cost.

Had it been looked into, the obvious route was for a road from Grange Mill Lane to connect with St Paul’s Land to bring more commercial business for the area.

Many factories have closed in both Ecclesfield and Chapletown resulting in the Thorncliffe works now being a housing estate.

The council planners need to look at what has been lost and not being replaced for the area to remain sustainable.

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