Battle of Weymouth IGNITES

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thebandwidthwhore
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Jul 15 2004 04:57
Battle of Weymouth IGNITES

PRESS RELEASE 14/7/2004

For immediate release:

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS ARE NOW IN LEGAL OCCUPATION OF TWO MILE COPPICE.

WEYMOUTH: On 18th December 2003 The Department for Transport gave approval to Dorset county council to build the Weymouth relief road costing £54.6 million. The county council will now draw up its business plan for government approval and commence planning applications. The orange route chosen will go straight through Two Mile coppice which is one of the area's only remaining rare ancient woodlands. Breeding grounds for bats and voles will be destroyed.

Two mile coppice is rich in a variety of trees which includes Pedunculate Oak Quercus, Ash, Field Maple, Hawthorn, Hazel, Gelder Rose, and Holly. Areas under threat if this road were to be built are extensive and include the Dorset Downs, Heaths and Coast AONB and Lorton Valley SSSI (which includes ancient woodland). The claims made about the economic regeneration benefits of the road have been exaggerated and no alternatives to a road have been properly considered by Dorset County Council.

In June 1996 Weymouth Relief Road protesters set up Teddy Bear Camp in opposition to the 'brown route' of Weymouth 'relief' road. A decade later on July 12th, 2004 protesters set up camp at Two Mile Coppice in opposition to the now approved 'orange route'. Protesters at Two Mile coppice urgently need your help, please get down there if you can.

Directions: Two Mile Coppice is just off a roadabout where Dorchester road meets Weymouth way A354 (Weymouth), go under neath railway bridge and two mile coppice is directly facing left . Nearest railway station is Weymouth which is a brisk 15 minute walk south from Two Mile Coppice.

For downloadable route maps etc. go to

http://www.roadalert.org.uk

Onsite mobile: 07800760257

Email: weymouth@roadalert.org.uk

thebandwidthwhore
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Jul 19 2004 21:28

If anybody would like to give support to this campign please check the following url for directions to the camp, wish list etc.

http://www.roadalert.org.uk/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewforum&f=24

thank you