Swanwick development

SWANWICK householders are being urged to turn out in force at a council meeting on Wednesday, which will discuss plans to build 500 houses in the village.

Villagers have already presented Amber Valley Borough Council with an 1,800-signature petition rejecting two Swanwick ‘green’ sites put forward for development between now and 2028.

The sites, the first between Pentrich Road and Butterley Reservoir and the second, between Lily Street Farm and Derby Road, would effectively join the village and Ripley together.

But John Briggs, a Derby Road resident and spokesman for the villagers, says that there a major concerns over the impact of the development and the effect it will have on Swanwick.

“We have big concerns over the infrastructure of such a plan in regards to schools and roads and we do not think things have been thought out properly,” he said.

“If this development goes ahead, we will lose our identity from Alfreton and Ripley.

“One of these sites is green belt land and one is green field land and we think there are plenty of brownfield sites which would be more suitable.”

John will be speaking with six other residents at a full meeting of Amber Valley Borough Council at the Town Hall in Ripley on Wednesday at 7pm where the ongoing petition, which now has more than 2,000 signatures, will be discussed.

“I’d urge all residents to come along and show their support for those speaking on behalf of the village,” he added.