Campaigners in protest at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council over Barwell homes plan
Protesters held a march to confront council leaders over plans for hundreds of new homes in their village.
Opponents of a £250 million scheme to build 2,500 homes in Barwell took their fight directly to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, who will decide the plans.
Hundreds of marchers waved placards and banners, with some sounding hunting horns, as they paraded through Hinckley town centre to the council offices in Argents Mead yesterday evening.
They are angry at the Liberal Democrat-controlled council’s support for the scheme, despite opposition from 96 per cent of villagers who voted in a referendum this year.
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The protest was organised to coincide with a meeting of the full council.
In a statement Coun Stuart Bray said: “Whatever may be said to the contrary, the plain fact is that this Government and its predecessor have driven and expect economic growth based on increased housing numbers.
“As local authorities we have little, if any, choice in the matter.”