Plainland residents to fight caravan park plan
A PROPOSED caravan park at Plainland has been greeted with hostility from local residents who fear it could increase crime, destroy wildlife and pose a risk to students at a nearby school.
More than 70 residents attended a public meeting near the site at Faith Lutheran College on Monday night and the response was unanimously against the development.
Betty and Martin Brennan attended the meeting and were angered a caravan park would even be considered appropriate for the rural area.
“We only bought this house about 10 months ago for the views and because it is a rural and residential area and now this happens,” Mrs Brennan said.
“It's just terrible. We don't want it full stop and the rest of the community feels the same.”
Mrs Brennan said several residents shared their concerns with the meeting lasting more than two hours.
The caravan park, if approved, will have 20 motor home sites, a caretaker's residence, an amenities building and a large dam with boundaries of the property backing directly on to the college.
Residents at the meeting raised concerns over fears the development would bring paedophiles and drugs to the area and were concerned of the park's close proximity to the school.
“We haven't been in the area for long but we don't want to see crime increase and if council approve it, it will devalue our properties and kill all the wildlife in the area,” Mrs Brennan said.
Mrs Brennan said she had not heard of anyone who was in support of the development.
“There's already a caravan park at Laidley, Gatton and Lowood so why do we need another one?” she said.