GOBOWEN Parish Council says it will be opposing plans to put more than 120 static caravans on part of a local golf course.

Members of the council objected to the plans for static caravans to be placed on part of Henlle Park Golf Club at a meeting last week.

The plans have brought more than 50 objections from local residents, leading the parish council to recommend to Shropshire Council that the plans do not go ahead.

Issues with the proposal included increased levels of traffic and the lack of amenities in Gobowen.

Councillor Peter Clare was one of the councillors to speak against the plans, and believes the village lacks the infrastructure to accommodate the caravans.

He said: “The feeling within the parish was strong as there had been more than 54 written objections to the council regarding the plans.

“When there is an incident on the A5, traffic is channelled through Gobowen, and on the last occasion this happened, Gobowen was overwhelmed with this, to the point emergency services would have had great difficulty driving through the village.

“The infrastructure can’t take it, and that was the feeling.

“Gobowen is taking a lot of housing development at the moment – there’s a great shortage of parking space, and it feels like it could be on the edge of becoming unattractive if things like this go ahead.

“The feeling was that if the 120 plus static caravans are put on the woodland which is part of the course, it may mean that as a nine-hole course, it becomes less attractive.”

Cllr Clare also felt there was an issue with the possibility of an increased level of traffic would be using the B5009 junction to the A5.

He added: “It was pretty clear that there were so many factors which suggested it would denigrate the area.

“We wanted to be on the side of the residents, because there have been so many objections from the people in Gobowen.

“The parish council wants to be the voice for those people.”

All objections are to be put together by the council’s clerk and sent to Shropshire Council.