The fight to save a precious Harlow green lung
A fierce campaign is being launched against plans for a four-lane bridge over the River Stort at Harlow that would destroy an area of lakes, wetland and woods.
The scheme, known as the Eastern River Stort Crossing, is linked to Harlow and Gilston Garden Town and aims to link housing development at Pye Corner in Gilston with Harlow’s River Way.
If built, the flyover will provide a direct route from the garden town to a new junction 7a of the M11. The 30ft-high road will be built on an area of wetland and floodplain, impacting particularly on the community of Latton Island.
Campaigners say the road would wreck “an area of pristine natural beauty and historical significance to the north of Harlow”. They add it would make “an attractive asset for the developers to promote the new project, whilst providing no positive benefit for the residents of Harlow”.