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Halstead: 800 back petition to save "green lung" of town
12:11pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
More than 800 people have backed a petition to save the “green lung” of Halstead, which is home to a rare collection of 16 wartime air raid shelters.
Members of the Halstead 21st Century group, which is trying to protect land east of the High Street from development, launched a 38 Degrees petition, in what they are calling the second round of their fight.
Tesco had originally been hoping to develop the site but its plans were rejected and it pulled out earlier this year.
Braintree Council, one of the six owners of the site, confirmed it will be put back on the market in the coming months.
At a special council meeting on Monday, Braintree district councillors approved the district wide plans mapping out future development.
The Halstead town centre site was included in the document and has been set aside for mixed use development, including retail, residential, employment such as office work, open space and community use.
Members of the 21st century group attended the meeting and Helen Wolf spoke on their behalf.
She said: “We request that the statement the retention of at least one shelter be replaced with retention of all the air raid shelters."
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