To: Leader Cheshire East Council

Save Public Green Recreational Playing field Higher Downs Longridge

Save Public Green Recreational Playing field Higher Downs Longridge

Say no to the decision in the forward plan, to consult on, and delegate authority to Portfolio Holder, for Regeneration & assets & Director of Place, to dispose of public open space in Knutsford.

Why is this important?

This land is public green open recreational playing field space, in the green belt, as identified in CEC Local plan. It goes against Local and National planning policy to sell it. Football, dog walking, blackberrying. There for families to be active & healthy outdoors on their doorstep. It would be a massive vote loser in the area, local politicians are opposed to the sale which had been progressing in secret.

Knutsford Cheshire

Reasons for signing

  • The playing fields are a valuable asset to the community of Knutsford. Green space is essential for the health and well being of our children as gardens are becoming smaller and children need space to play. Many people in the community have pets that they walk and this area provides health benefits for both pets and their owners.
  • This area of green space is valuable to the people of Knutsford, a part of their lives and recreation for many, many years. It is too important to fall into the hands of cynical, greedy developers and lost under tons of bricks and tarmac. It can never be replaced. People who are sick to the teeth of seeing CheshireEast towns and villages trashed for profit. Playing fields are meant to be protected so how can a council sell something in the teeth of national and local planning policy.
  • A piece of land which should be kept as it is - a rare sight in our now ever growing town, too many uses , too valuable to loose. Housebuilders are way too greedy! Plenty of brown belt can be invested in if they use there profits elsewhere! Leave Knutsford to try and cope with an already busy infastructure as it is and let the locals have some green space to play on, walk dogs on, let wildlife roam etc.

Updates

2018-03-12 14:38:38 +0000

http://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/16073904.knutsford-town-council-calls-for-support-for-asset-of-community-value-bid/?ref=mr&lp=3

2018-03-01 18:52:59 +0000

Monday 5th March. 7pm. Knutsford Town Council full Council meeting.
Agenda
1 To receive apologies for absence
2 To receive declarations of members’ interests
3 Public Participation
A period not exceeding 10 minutes for members of the public to ask questions or submit comments. (DJamison on behalf of KROW)
10 To receive reports from Cheshire East Councillors
11 To consider matters related to the potential sale of Open Space land at Longridge/Higher Downs by Cheshire East Council

2018-03-01 18:47:57 +0000

Knutsford Town Council have had a meeting with Cheshire East Council to find out what they thought of our comments objecting to the disposal of the land and what progress they have made examining the covenant. KROW has met with Emery Planning at a Neighbourhood planning working group meeting. Who can come along to Knutsford Town Council on Monday evening to hear the latest news? What have our - paid - Cheshire East Knutsford Councillors been doing?

2018-03-01 18:45:18 +0000

I know it seems mad sending a reminder out about Sunday afternoon! KROW have organised an event to join in with the Tidy Britain #GBSpringClean campaign. It would be great to pick the litter out of the hedgerows but it is more important that we are seen in numbers using the land so we can save it from being built on. Whatever the weather I will be there to answer questions about what the latest news is from Cheshire East re the notice of selling the land. I might be in the bus shelter!!!

2018-02-06 16:13:26 +0000

160 letters of objection to the sale/ disposal delivered to Cheshire East Council (CEC) in December. Extended consultation deadline 19th January. We are waiting to hear from CEC re their next move.
Save this date
Our next community event and update will be on Sunday 4th March 3-4pm. A #GBspringclean to gossip and gather litter.

2017-12-01 18:16:23 +0000

Please write a LETTER to object to the sale of the playing field land. Referred to by Cheshire East as "land edged in blue". This land was not mentioned during consultation on the Local plan and is not needed for access to new housing. More information on the Cheshire East Council website.
http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/public_notices/open-space-disposal/land-at-longridge-knutsford.aspx

2017-10-12 20:52:57 +0100

KROW Knutsford Residents in Over Ward
Aiming for transparency in matters that affect Over Ward
Our first campaign is to protect the public green recreational open space with playing field that is still in the green belt despite the Cheshire East Council Local Plan allocating neighbouring private owned land for housing. We also want to see new and improved open space to cope with the extra demand created by the future residents in the new houses. Plus the Council must honour its stated commitments to minimise the impact on the wildlife environment and contribute to other much needed community facilities.

2017-10-12 20:45:21 +0100

KROW will be playing out on the fields on Sunday afternoon (15th October) from 3pm. Come and join us and get the latest news.

Buy the Knutsford Guardian to find out what happened on Tuesday at Cheshire East Council Cabinet.

2017-10-09 22:26:55 +0100

Tuesday 10th October we are attending the Cheshire East Cabinet meeting to present this petition. Join us at 1.45pm outside the offices in Sandbach. Check the cabinet agenda papers, the report by Frank Jordan reveals what we suspected all along - CEC want a capital receipt from the sale of land in Knutsford. No wonder it was a secret , now its out in the open will the Leader do the decent thing and postpone any decisions until the history of Engine of the North's involvement is examined. GIve the public a fair chance to communicate.

2017-09-09 18:18:57 +0100

Looking forward to the Town Council meeting on Monday 18th September to get their full support in our discussions with Cheshire East Council. We will be presenting our paper signatures from our door to door collection. Hot press - the Knutsford Residents in Over Ward group - KROW has been formed. Meeting in the Legh Arms after the Council meeting.

2017-08-29 17:11:41 +0100

Fabulous turnout of people and dogs for the photo shoot today. Look out for the story in the Knutsford Guardian. Put the 18th September Monday 7pm in your diary as we need lots of people to turn up to Knutsford Town Council and hear what they and the Cheshire East Councillors are going to do!

2017-08-25 05:01:55 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-08-23 07:25:38 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-08-22 22:26:44 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-08-22 20:17:29 +0100

10 signatures reached