Public urged to back fields fight
THE public are being called on to back a campaign aimed to save a Leighton park from future development.
Leighton-Linslade Town Council intends to nominate Pages Field for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge which gives communities an opportunity to vote for an outdoor space to become part of the scheme and be permanently protected as a tribute to the Diamond Jubilee.
The council hopes that having the park under the patronage of the Challenge will protect it from development and preserve it as a green space in the heart of the town for future generations.
Brooklands ward councillor, Amanda Dodwell, said: “Pages Field is used by people of all ages and we want to ensure that it is safe from the threat of development.
“Over the years there have been several attempts to build on this land, and once it is concreted over it is lost forever.
“Pages Field provides a green lung in the densely populated south of the town. As recently as last year we have had to fight off unwanted development and this will send a message to the developers that they are not welcome on Pages Field.”
Once nominated, residents will be able to vote online to support the application for protected status.
Council leader David Bowater, added: “Last year many local groups and residents made it clear that they want to preserve Pages Field and we hope that as many people as possible will vote to support the nomination.”
Further details can be found out at www.qe2fields.com
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