The plan to have well designed and safe accommodation for vulnerable young people is imaginative and much needed in Melton and is to be warmly welcomed.
I’m very concerned indeed that the Melton Borough Council planning committee has unanimously agreed to the Housing Foyer project being sited at the Thorpe End junction.
Five roads meet at this junction all of which carry many HGVs - Saxby Road, Mill Street, Thorpe Road, Thorpe End and Norman Way - traffic in both directions - a total of at least 12 lanes of traffic. The vehicles are held by the traffic lights waiting for their green light and all the time are emitting N02 and particulate pollution.
There is mounting anxiety in many countries, including the USA and Canada, about particulate pollution. It is invisible and deadly.
According to research it causes tens of thousands of deaths every year. Apart from damage to lungs, and circulation, it is also a factor in cognitive impairment.
The UK Government Environmental Audit Committee in December 2014 has advised that new schools, hospitals and care homes should not be built next to pollution hot spots.
This proposal is for accommodation for vulnerable young people between the ages of 16 and 25.
Surely the junction is a hot spot!
There is in-depth research being carried out all over the world on the dangers of traffic particulate pollution including in our own universities.
More information is being discovered all the time especially into the size of the particles which it is now realised are much smaller than first thought.
Perhaps it’s not too late to reconsider and find a more suitable home for this valuable project - opposite the police station perhaps or as part of the plans for the Brooksby/Melton College low cost housing scheme in the King Street annexe.