Foot and mouth fears over homes plan


Emily Davies

HOUSES should not be built on a Foot and Mouth disease burial pit according to residents in Morda.
The comments were among a string of 72 objections put forward at a public consultation event led by Oswestry Rural Parish Council in December, as they continue to shun proposals to create a new housing development on The Cottams.
It is understood the site was used to bury carcasses during the 1967 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak.
The 85-house scheme has been suggested by building firm David Wilson Homes, though an actual planning application is yet to be submitted to Shropshire Council.
But residents fear traffic issues from the single site entrance, the potential for Morda to become a suburb of Oswestry due to the location, lack of infrastructure, as well as damage to Love Lane which was successfully saved from a development application last year.
Councillor Tony Cheetham told the Advertizer: “It is an interesting thing that I was not aware of.”
He continued: “This gives us something to work on because it is only a proposal at the moment, so it gives us something to act on if they [the developers] do take it to a planning application.
“These are not just our views as a council, we are only elected representatives of the people of Morda, but we are actually consulting the people,” he added.
Cllr Cheetham added that over 400 leaflets had been distributed in the village on top of the consultation event: “I am sure they [the developers] will change some things, but I also believe they will go forward with it.”

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