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[27 MAR 98] CPRE WARWICKSHIRE PRESS RELEASE
Green Belt Under Threat From Motorway Services

A new application for a motorway service area (MSA) on the M42 at Ravenshaw is causing immense concern amongst local residents and environmentalists.

CPRE Warwickshire is working with community groups to oppose applications for MSAs at several locations along the Solihull section of the M42, including Catherine-de-Barnes, which was lodged last year. Both this and the Ravenshaw application are potentially disastrous for the Meriden Gap, and neither should gain permission, says CPRE's Solihull Area Representative Gill Smith.

"Government advice is that an MSA is not an appropriate development in a Green Belt,"she claims.

CPRE believes the impact on the environment would be extremely damaging in terms of visual amenity, traffic congestion, pollution, nature conservation and wildlife, and is awaiting the results of Environmental and Traffic Assessments requested by Solihull Council.

Gill Smith adds:

"The M42 is largely used as a commuter road, serving the local population in the Birmingham area and generating many short trips. This group of motorway users does not need a service area. We are particularly concerned about the safety element after the dreadful accident near junction 6 which resulted in six fatalities. Junctions 4, 5 and 6 of the M42 are already extremely busy and will become more so with the proposed expansion of Birmingham Airport, the NEC and the Blythe Valley development. An MSA would only add to the problem."

About 100 protesters from the Ravenshaw area met this week to voice their opposition to the new application. Meriden MP Caroline Spelman also attended, and urged them to join forces with other local action groups and draw up a petition calling for all MSA applications in Solihull's Green Belt to be turned down.

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