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Biggin Hill residents rally against Cherry Lodge Golf Club plans

PUBLISHED: 14:50 13 February 2012

Biggin Hill resident Tony Lewis is calling for mass opposition to Cherry Lodge Golf Club's plans

Biggin Hill resident Tony Lewis is calling for mass opposition to Cherry Lodge Golf Club's plans

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A rally call has been issued to residents in the Biggin Hill area to oppose a golf-course redevelopment which would involve thousands of tons of landfill being transported down the narrow country lanes.

Cherry Lodge Golf Club, in Jail Lane, submitted an application to re-work holes on their course which was turned down by Bromley Council in November.

But protest group, Cherry Lodge Landfill Action Group (CLAG), is expecting an appeal imminently and want as many people as possible to be aware of the plans.

Under the proposals submitted last year, thousands of tons of inert material such as glass and brick would be delivered to the golf course in 30 ton lorries, with 70 deliveries per day.

It would equate to one 30 ton vehicle every three minutes, seven hours a day, five days a week for 18 months.

The council declined the application, citing the “increase in the volume of large vehicles [is] likely to result in serious harm to the road safety and free flow of traffic in the area”.

Secretary of CLAG Tony Lewis said: “The golf club has six months to appeal and we have heard that they are planning to do so.

“Once they do appeal we only have 28 days to object so that’s why we want as many people as possible to know in Biggin Hill about the chaos that would be caused.

“Nearly 1,000 people objected last time. We want to make clear that we don’t object to the redevelopment of the course but to the use of Cherry Lodge as a landfill site.”

The group is looking for volunteers to help with the protest.

Mr Lewis added: “We are looking for volunteers, particularly in the Valley, to distribute leaflets. It is important that letters from residents are sent with objections to the new proposals. A person responsible for delivering leaflets, with the reasons for objections, is needed in each road.”

Anyone interested in helping CLAG can contact Mr Lewis on 07917 418 997 or email tony_lewis@clag-online.co.uk.

For more details visit www.clag-online.co.uk.

Nobody at the golf club was available for comment.

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