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photoblog image Summer Meadows #2

Summer Meadows #2

Following up yesterdays local landscape picture taken on the edge of the town where I live a slightly different angle this time. Now for the bad news: Probably in less than two years time these fields will be covered in an estate of some 200+ houses which will stretch to the line of trees in the distance, and which has a very active stream running through it which regularly floods in the Winter. The local authority doesn’t see the stream as a problem. Just another example of the vandalism taking place in the countryside where we live.

Summer Meadows #2

Following up yesterdays local landscape picture taken on the edge of the town where I live a slightly different angle this time. Now for the bad news: Probably in less than two years time these fields will be covered in an estate of some 200+ houses which will stretch to the line of trees in the distance, and which has a very active stream running through it which regularly floods in the Winter. The local authority doesn’t see the stream as a problem. Just another example of the vandalism taking place in the countryside where we live.

comments (22)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Dec 2013, 03:25
Better do a lot of strolling about in the next year then, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed I had Ray. We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
Oh yes, this is a spectacular sight! I'm so glad you've documented it well, no one will ever believe you 10 years from now!
Brian Walbey: We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
I don't want to know the bad news Brian... i just want to look at this beautiful meadow full of wild flowers....petersmile
Brian Walbey: So do we all Peter. We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Dec 2013, 07:09
Love the colours here Brian. Authorities love building houses where there is water or where others' views get spoiled
Brian Walbey: We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
A delightful meadow Brian, I thought developments were to be focussed on brown field and infill sites, or was that yesterdays policy.
Brian Walbey: We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Dec 2013, 07:52
The land is being raped, Brian. No other way to describe it! But it's happening everywhere. So very sad.
Brian Walbey: The local community are up in arms Ginnie. We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Dec 2013, 08:21
This photo could make my day -wonder-wonderful landscape! - oh, really bad news, I could become angry!
Brian Walbey: We are very angry Philine. We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
what an appealing shot, Brian. reds, greens, yellows and blue... what could possibly go wrong here
Brian Walbey: This is what's going wrong Ayush. We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 4 Dec 2013, 10:03
Not bad news for the owner of the land though Brian. Twill be a shame nonetheless.
Brian Walbey: We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 4 Dec 2013, 10:35
Take lots of shot of the area before the construction. Perhaps have a show to coincide with the opening of the buildings.
Brian Walbey: We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
I remember this used to be all green fields once....
So many places from my childhood had gone when I revisited, Brian,yet you walk around towns and cities and there are empty spaces and buildings left unused.Places around here have been built on that everyone knew flooded, or were unstable,within a couple of years they have been knocking them down as uninhabitable,or the residents are suing the builders due to flooding.These lovely photo's will be small consolation in years to come.
Brian Walbey: A quick resume of what's happening Frank. We are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Dec 2013, 12:46
Such a pretty sight but such a shame that it will be gone for ever before long. There are far too many people in this country now; time to start refusing entry and ejecting those that don't support the British way of life. Don't get me thinking about HS2.....
Brian Walbey: Your mind seems to work the same as mine and Maureen's. You've been to Shepshed and know we are a small town with about 4,000 houses, two Doctors surgeries, four primary schools and one each intermediate and final schools, no banks and two modestly sized supermarkets. The local authorities, despite a local protest campaign, in which this and other of my photos were used, are determined to build 4,500+ houses on to our town, which will include one estate of 3,500 houses with two travellers sites included, but there are no provisions whatsoever for any additional public amenities similar to those outlined above, or road improvements through and round the town. ALL of this will be on greenfield sites, and we will become a suburb of Loughborough by the time it is all finished!!!
Such a beautiful picture Brian! But really sad that the powers that be, can't seem to see it sad
Brian Walbey: I believe this sort of thing is happening all over the place martin, we are not the only area in Leicestershire this is happening to, they have now admitted we are being used as an overspill area for Leicester itself!!
hmmm wise words Brian, however there must be a petition not to allow this to happen. I guess we can still enjoy this wonderful piece for now.
Brian Walbey: sadly the petition stages are over, they were totally ignored of course, and it is now up to the Government Inspector to make the final decision, any guesses what that might be!
What a beautiful reminder of summer. How can they build on such a meadow? I wouldn't wish to buy a house there in case it flooded.
Brian Walbey: This is just one small area they are planning to build on, some of it is even nicer than this and is top grade farmland, they have no idea do they!!
By Heck, these are warming, Brian. Lovely vibrant colours. Crying shame about the insensitive development. We have the same problems.
Brian Walbey: I guess you have Graeme, like my area you are only a modest train journey time from London among other things, and we now learn that we are being used as an overspill for Leicester!
There seems to be a fair amount of building going on around here too Brian. It is a shame to lose these lovely meadows but at least you have some pictures to remind you
Brian Walbey: We just wonder where all the people to fill these thousands of homes being built everywhere are supposed to be coming from, perhaps the Government knows something we don't!!
Just as well that you took a picture of this wonderful bucolic scene Brian!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Richard, and there are a load more lovely areas like this round our small town that will soon be nothing but houses.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Dec 2013, 18:24
You know how to cheer a drab December day, Brian. I will try to forget your words!
Brian Walbey: Sadly this sort of thing is happening all over the place,the total of new houses projected for Leicestershire ,where we live, is well in to five figures!!!
All things must pass, rather sad and the disadvantage of living in a small highly populated country. Poppies amongst the Oilseed Rape?
Brian Walbey: Yes these fields always have a sprinkling of Poppies, I'm not sure what that means to the farmers. Somehow the two phrases "small" and "highly populated" don't seem to go together do they.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Dec 2013, 20:40
This is a wonderful picture, the red 'makes' the picture. I read most of the comments and replies. To bad this happens. And the stream will be a problem.....
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, it will be such a shame when it has gone. The council isn't concerned about the stream that floods every winter, but we learn today that it will probably be the houses the poorest people can just about afford to buy which will be the ones built next to the stream, I say no more!!
We have the same problem here with a proposed development which is mind numbing in its stupidity
Brian Walbey: It is not only round my way but in two other areas of Leicestershire as well, and they refuse to even consider brownfield sites, like an old airfield that would take virtually all of the houses they reckon they need to build, but then most of the councillors who matter live nearer there than qwhere I live, nuff said!

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