From Anna Le Sueur.
IN response to Mr Smith’s letter ‘A gymnastic academy? We should be jumping at the chance’ (JEP, 12 December) I feel compelled to write in defence of the residents of Rue de Samarès.
To his assertion that we see this as nothing more than ‘Not in our back yard’, it is far from a case of nimbyism. From my own personal use of the road, walking my children and pushing prams past the units in question, I would not have an objection to the gym provided its car and coach entrance comes off the main road.
Those who have responded to our objection should read the initial article, in which Mr Doublet stated: ‘We have nothing against the creating of another gymnastics school, but feel that any such venture, due to the amount of traffic which will be generated, must be sited with easy access to and from a main road and not in a small, very populated residential lane.’
Whether it is 2,000 or 360 extra car movements a week, any additional traffic along this road comes at a huge risk to the many residents and pedestrians who already struggle with the inadequate infrastructure.