Parents amazed by tramper outcry
Date published: 16 November 2012
THE family granted permission for a business and home for their disabled son in Greenfield’s green belt say they were surprised at the opposition.
Campaigners were outraged when councillors voted nine-three to pass the proposals for a tramper hire centre and three bedroom home in Manchester Road.
They claimed that the business — offering adapted vehicles for disabled people to explore the countryside — was just way of getting permission to build a family home.
Kathleen and David McNeeney will live at the home with their son David as his carers.
Mrs McNeeney said he would be involved as much as possible in the business and explained: “I was surprised at the opposition to it because we are trying to run a social enterprise giving mobility to rural areas to less-able people.
“We felt that the application itself and what it contained should gain support on its own merit because of the type of things we are trying to do.”
She said the centre would be an opportunity for families to enjoy the countryside together, by walking or cycling with those using the trampers.
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