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Appalled at house building plans

Dear Sir

I am appalled By Mendip District Council’s decision to build 77 houses on East Hill Field .

This land was sold by Frome Town Council to Mendip District Council for £1 with very strict stewardship conditions and they are being ignored by councillors.

This field is a habitat of dormice “Dormice are given full protection under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended. Protection to the species is also afforded by Schedule 2 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c) Regulations, 1994, making the hazel dormouse a European Protected Species”

.Why did Jonathan Smith omit to share the ecological report with the councillors? It is ludicrous to think that building 77 houses here will have no implications for the climate, and an Environmental Impact Assessment has not been done .

Certainly we need council housing, but we also need precious pockets of land such as East Hill field, where the wildlife, ancient trees and hedgerows are protected.

This is not the place to build 77 houses; the local residents were not consulted, the decision was taken without the ecological report being seen and it is outrageous that work has already been started on the destruction of this beautiful field.

I trust and pray that those councillors with any concern for our wildlife and environment will do everything in their power to stop this act of vandalism.

Tara Greaves,


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