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Two hundred march in Wash Common protest

Campaigners say Sandleford Park access road would be a danger to children

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

Two hundred march in Wash Common protest

NEARLY 200 people marched through Wash Common on Saturday to highlight the potential dangers of a planned access road on to the Sandleford development.


Campaigners hoped to raise concerns over the Warren Road access which will lead onto the 2,000-home development, which organiser Julie Knapman says the increase in traffic will pose an unacceptable safety risk to pupils of nearby Park House School and Falkland Primary School.

The march saw 197 adults and children brave the wet conditions to walk from the Two Watermills pub on Monks Lane to The Woodpecker pub at the bottom of Andover Road on Saturday afternoon.

See a short video of the march here

Mrs Knapman, whose son attends Falkland Primary School, said she was pleased with the turn out and hoped the protest would raise awareness of the planned access and cause West Berkshire Council to recognise the issue.

She added: “We have been in touch with a Transport Consultant and he has estimated 1,200 vehicle movements in each peak hour from the Sandleford Estate, bearing in mind a large percentage of these will be headed for the A34 I think we have a right to be concerned about safety with the traffic traveling past the schools, and in particular the access road leading to Warren Road.”

For more reaction and pictures from the protest see Thursday's Newbury Weekly News.

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