Brethren School – Why did local citizens object?

Rotherham Politics brings you this objection letter from local resident, Hilary Estrada-Haigh:

OBJECTION – TO – PROPOSED SCHOOL & CARETAKER’S HOUSE   –  COMMON LANE, ANSTON.
                             For the Exclusive Brethren.
REASONS:
THIS SITE IS IN THE GREEN BELT
THIS SITE DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE UNITARY DEVELOPMENT PLAN
If this application is passed it will give the Green Light for development on all Green Belt.
This area, has, over the years, lost a great deal of its open space – The Green Belt should be protected for both the area and the environment.
TRAFFIC
Increased Traffic: 
The wear & tear on our roads will increase significantly
Large vehicles would be coming from a wide area, travelling through Anston & surrounding villages putting pressure on small country roads and surrounding communities. These are already heavily trafficked.
500 Worshippers, travelling in their own large vehicles to the site on  a Sunday – How many times?
Worshippers travelling in their own large vehicles to services and meetings throughout the week.
Weddings & funerals to be catered for –
Service vehicles both large and lesser sized will have a serious impact on the approach roads and on Common Lane.
Large people carriers ferrying the children to and from the school – note the end of day time –
This is when the roads in the immediate area are at one of their most busiest.
ALL the above ADDING TO THE ONEROUS BURDEN ON OUR ROADS
UPGRADING OF ROADS

 

If granted, the surrounding roads would have to be upgraded. Would RMBC consider it correct to put this burden on the hard pressed ratepayers?
OUR ROADS ARE ALREADY IN A PARLOUS STATE
THE SCHOOL
Not for the benefit of the local area’s children
 
This school is for the sole use of the children of the Brethren.
No local children will be offered education.
No integration with other schools will be sought
The Brethren wish to move their children from an industrial site??
The Brethren are moving their children to the vicinity of an industrial site – one that is being investigated for noxious emissions –
The reasoning is cynical – not sound.
NB: Local schools have involved their children in the planting of trees, shrubs, wild flowers etc., in order to teach them to protect and care for their environment,
The proposed Brethren school – Destroys a large open green space – It is destructive to the environment
BENEFITS TO OUR AREA:
There will be  NO benefits to Anston, neither social nor economic.  Nor to the surrounding communities.
This will not bring work for local people – The Exclusive Brethren do everything “In House”
THE SITE:
Partial development on the site is being sought.
Local concern is for what the remainder of the site is being held-back. 
NB:   (Whilst planners may say they are dealing with the application before them, they have been in close negotiations with the Brethren over a protracted period and will undoubtedly have knowledge of what is being held in abeyance for the future.) 
A corner of the site has been offered to RMBC to “help” facilitate a roundabout at the cross-roads junction.
This is a sop – NO MONETARY CONTRIBUTION HAS BEEN OFFERED.
Does RMBC, if granted, have plans to impose this cost on the hard pressed ratepayers of our area.
 This development takes away Green Belt land –
                              Is solely for the benefit of the Exclusive Brethren –
                              Offers no benefit whatsoever to Anston & area.
For the above reasons I urge that this proposal be declined.
Hilary Estrada-Haigh
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Hilary also makes these important points:

So Darren Hughes has been working behind the scenes with these people and planners, regardless of cost, both monetary and environmental, to the area he is supposed to represent.

This is the man who defected to Labour regardless of the parishioners over 1500 of whom, voted in a Conservative.

What other machinations are going on behind the scenes – How many more betrayals?

6 thoughts on “Brethren School – Why did local citizens object?

  1. A most accurate account and projection of what will happen to our area.
    It is time for Rotherham Borough Councillors to take notice of what the public think.
    At the end of the day it is the public, through rates etc., who are paying for them to ride on the gravy train.

    More consultations by this sect with the planners! and these are a cult who do not wish to mix with other than their own kind – but do when it serves their purpose.

    Finding out that Cllr Darren Hughes has had a hand, and secretly, in this is a big disappointment, I really thought better of him.

    Valerie Sheldon-Ennis

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  2. Pingback: Exclusive Brethren A story of intrigue and less than honest dealing | Rotherham Politics

    • Let me see if I understand your rabid comment:
      People who do not support the Brethren are Atheists?

      Your comment infers you are a member of or support the Brethren, in which case what ever happened to We are all God’s children and Brotherly love?
      There is no sign of Christian fellowship in your comment which once again exposes the attitude and beliefs of the Brethren ie: Intolerant and Extremist..

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  3. For me it has nothing whatever to do with religion.
    The proposed ‘school’ is an unsuitable development for the area, full stop!
    The planning process is ‘blind’ to considerations of matters of faith and to try to involve them, is simply wrong therefore.
    I was under the impression the brethren rejects the use of technology such as the internet, so our commenter is either not a member or, they are guilty of rank hypocrisy!

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