Opinion: Pete Sake's take on anti-homes campaigns
PRECIOUS green spaces are under threat across Stroud, it seems.
Quite understandably, residents are up in arms at proposals for 150 homes at Baxter's Field and 100 more at Rodborough Fields.
Then there's the shadow hanging over land near Eastington, or Westington as it might be known one day.
But Stroud being Stroud, the developers have a fight on their hands over all three and more which are no doubt in the pipeline.
People power is not to be trifled with in these parts, as history has shown.
Stroud folk don't know when they're beaten, whether its saving trees, historic buildings, green fields or the future of the NHS.
So judging by the turnout of residents at the Rodborough Fields meeting, the developer is in for a rough ride from a collective force which is gathering strength.
A similar protest is more than likely over Baxter's Field - a battleground where developers have been defeated twice since 1975.
Obviously, no-one really wants a housing estate as their view from the kitchen window when it could be preserved as green fields.
But, I think, what really gets residents' collective goat is predatory developers lurking around Stroud, eyeing up greenfield sites over brownfield ones.
That's understandable but what would these people do if they were in the shoes of the landowner? Hold on to a field when there is the lure of a hefty cheque? Pound to a penny, most of them would go for the cash. I know I would. We all want a comfortable retirement and financial security for our families.
Please note, these are the candid views of our columnist and not those of Stroud Life.