‘Paws Off!’ Thaxted residents development protest walk

PUBLISHED: 13:57 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:57 28 February 2017

'Hands Off Thaxted' members and their pooches. Photo: TOM WILSON/HOT

'Hands Off Thaxted' members and their pooches. Photo: TOM WILSON/HOT


Plucky dog walkers took to the streets of Thaxted on Saturday (February 25) to protest a proposed housing development.

Hands Off Thaxted (HOT) members and their pooches set out on a stroll around the village to raise awareness of a proposed development that would see nine residential houses built on a greenfield site behind the Little Maypole.

Tom Wilson, a core member of Hands Off Thaxted who organised the walk, said, “There were about 30 well behaved dogs (it was difficult to count as they don’t stop moving.) It was great fun, and everybody enjoyed the hot dogs at the end.”

Opposition has dogged the plans which residents feel are unsuitable for the area and fail to fulfil the identified Housing Need criteria of small affordable properties for local people.

HOT dog walk participants are hoping their action will give developers ‘paws’ for thought and help work towards more sustainable development plans in the future.

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