Thursday, 5 June 2014

No building on the town park

Telford & Wrekin Council have plans to build houses on what is locally known as the gymkhana or show jumping field in Stirchley.

This field is inside the town park boundary and has only ever been farm land and park land. Planning officers have agreed in principal to building houses on it and the council's property and assets team have been soft marketing it to housing developers. They have behaved in a sneaky and underhand manner to try and stitch up a deal to sell part of our park.

Telford Town Park is our most valuable community asset and all of it needs to be protected, not just the bits you can see from the council's new offices at Southwater. There should be no houses built in the town park.

In Tuesday's planning committee meeting I proposed a motion to go to full council calling on the parish council to formally oppose Telford & Wrekin Council's plans. The motion was approved and will be discussed at the next full council meeting. I have submitted an online petition to Telford & Wrekin Council on this and am waiting for it to be approved. Once it's approved I will share the link and print off some hard copies.