Some Eden residents are saying there is no point in writing to their local Councillor or EDC to formally lodge their objection to the Masterplan because it will go ahead anyway. They cite the New Squares Development as evidence that this will be the case.
If enough people sign the petition and write letters to the right people we CAN stop the Masterplan.
However, EDC have to apply for permission to central government to build on a green field site and central government will only grant that permission if there is no significant objection from local residents. We can stop this scheme dead in its tracks if we can demonstrate there is significant opposition to the scheme from local residents. We can only do this if we can present tangible evidence of this objection.
There were Councillors who wanted to oppose the New Squares development but despite all the carping amongst themselves, only a handful of residents wrote to their Councillor or EDC lodge a formal objection. Since they then did not have objective evidence of a significant objection from local people, these Councillors did not have the weapon they needed to fight the development, hence it going ahead.
Signing our petition is one way for us as a community to provide the evidence we need to get our voices heard but a letter to EDC and/or your local Town and/or District Councillor carries more weight.