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Group worried about Yate Common sewage pipe plan

A conservation group in South Gloucestershire has said it is worried land on a common could be ruined if it was dug up to lay a sewage pipe.

Crest Nicholson wants to lay the pipe through a 240 sq metre section of Yate Common to link a nearby development to the sewage network.

The Friends of Yate Common said the work would disturb wildlife and involve hedges being dug up.

The developer said the "boundary hedge and fence will be reinstated".

A statement from the firm added: "Signs to notify residents of the application were originally erected on 2 March and information made available through Yate Library.

"Crest Nicholson became aware that the signs had been removed and subsequently replaced the signage on 15 March.

"In line with this it has now extended the consultation period to 18 April to allow the required 20 days for comments and representations."

But Lin Kendall, from the Friends of Yate Common, said the original plan was for the sewage pipe to take a different route.

"We didn't know the sewage lines would go across the common. We believed that they were just going up the side of the road," she said.

"I did talk to some of the workmen who said they couldn't go any further [up the road] as there isn't enough room next to the path.

"So now, suddenly, a sign was put up by an entrance which just said they were going to use the common and we had 20 days in which to object."

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