Banknock residents move to block work starting on housing

Neighbours are unhappy
Neighbours are unhappy

Neighbours staged a protest in a last-ditch bid to stop houses being built at the end of their street.

They are furious open space at the bottom of Hazel Road and Auchincloch Drive in Banknock has been targeted for development by the Link Housing Association.

It intends to build 30 houses with half of them to be taken by Falkirk Council to help cut its housing waiting list.

But the move has sparked an angry reaction from the local Tenants and Residents Association.

It claims the land is greenbelt and should be protected and they were never consulted about its future use.

Police had to be called this week when householders refused to move their cars to allow heavy plant and machinery on site to start ground preparation works, but took no action after they confirmed they were not breaking any laws.

Businessman Alan McCann (33) who has lived in the area for over seven years claimed: “The local community has massive issues about the development but can’t get Falkirk Council to answer any of our questions.

“They are not taking our concerns about road safety, traffic congestion or loss of amenity seriously.”

This week John Angell, the council’s head of planning, said: “The land is within the urban limit, not in a greenbelt, and allocated for housing in the Local Plan.”