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Developers asked to look after badgers

23rdMarch2007 - This is Cheshire

A COUPLE who live near the planned bypass will not fight the plans as long as developers look after their neighbours - a family of badgers.

Ken and Margaret Roden regularly feed badgers in their back garden in Cledford Lane and last week told the Guardian they would not oppose the road if they and the Middlewich wildlife were looked after.

"As long as they consider that we live here and don't want to be living on the side of a bypass and put sufficient screening there," said Mrs Roden.

"We don't want to look out of the window onto a road. They must consider the wildlife as well as us. We have badgers that feed in the garden, there's kingfisher down here, herons and green sandpiper.

"It's beautiful down here and we don't want to lose it." Several houses in Cledford Lane are within 50 metres of the planned bypass.

Their view of the countryside will change, but they are not expected to oppose the plan.

Pochin Developments has submitted a plan for phase three of the Midpoint 18 Industrial Estate, which includes detailed plans of the Middlewich eastern bypass.

Work on the road, which will join the existing Pochin Way to the A533 Booth Lane, could begin as early as December if the plans are approved.

The Rodens have lived in Middlewich since 1959 when they had a farm in Warmingham Lane and said they appreciated the town's residents wanted a bypass. "We have lived with those problems going through Middlewich with hay and straw so we don't want to stop anything and have no objections to the bypass at all," said Mr Roden.

Pochin will retain as much of the natural habitat of the 226-acre site as possible and will also work with the Environment Agency to create new habitats and re-home wildlife where necessary.

For every pond removed two more will be built elsewhere and holding ponds will also be created to reduce the risk of flooding.

"The bypass is going across a flood plain - it floods three to four times a year on average although last year was dry so it didn't," said Mr Roden.

"But Pochin has done proper surveys and we've been assured this will be taken into consideration."


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