With no James Bond to call upon in real life to fight her battles, Dame Judi Dench is taking to the streets herself in an effort to prevent the British government from building an eco-village near the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The location would be about six miles from Stratford upon-Avon in the heart of the English countryside. From the article,
‘Stratford is a jewel in the crown of the nation’s heritage. There can be very few places in the world of such cultural significance as the town in which the world’s greatest dramatist lived and worked. It is folly to put this at risk,’ Contactmusic quoted her as saying . ‘I am very concerned about the potential impact the new eco-town will have on the town and its famous theatre,’ she added.”
Dench was quick to add that she is not against the development of eco-villages, just the proposed development of one within close proximity to a national treasure. “The BARD (Better Accessible and Responsible Development) campaign’s message is very clear: yes to eco towns, but not in a location that will devastate a town of such historical and cultural importance,” she said.