Taking action... Anti eco-town protesters vs UK Government

The Government's plans to start building ten new eco-towns by 2016, mostly on greenfield and green-belt sites, have angered environmental groups, which marched to Downing Street to hand in a petition with thousands of names attached.

Protesters: Marched to Westminster
Protesters: Marched to Westminster

Protesters|: Anti eco-town groups, including the influential Campaign: to Protect Rural England (CPRE), as well as some local authorities

Target: The Government

Date: 30 June 2008

Why the fuss?

The environmental groups are accusing the Government of 'sweeping their concerns under the carpet', while running a programme that was about 'spin with little substance'. CPRE claims the plans have been poorly thought out and will cause chaos to other nearby towns, with the result that they will be unable to sustain the proposed influx of up to 30,000 inhabitants per eco-town.

How have the media covered this?

The BBC published a detailed list of the CPRE's objections, as well as reporting that the Conservatives have withdrawn their support for the plans. The Daily Telegraph said that the plans have been 'drawn up by developers and go against agreements with local communities'. Local media in all areas earmarked for development gave plenty of news space to the protest, with the Birmingham Mail running a potent piece objecting to the developments.

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