A MEETING to oppose an access track across common land at Guarlford Road was a great success, say organisers.

The meeting, on Wednesday in Guarlford Village Hall, was full to capacity and ended with residents voting to form a residents' association.

It was spurred by an application to the Malvern Hills Trust from developer Rose Farm Partnership for permission to construct a road across the comment, to serve a proposed new housing estate.

Graeme Crisp, one of the organisers, said: "We were delighted with the turnout, especially as there was heavy rain that evening.

"I gave a presentation, the trust chief executive Duncan Bridges also gave a presentation that answered some, but not all of our questions, and there was a lively question-and-answer session.

"After the trust representatives had left, residents voted overwhelmingly to form the association, as the best way to pursue opposition to the access plan.

"We took everyone's details, and the next step is to form a steering group to get the association going."