George Read writes: Do any of our candidates for the local county council elections or candidates for Broxtowe MP want to protect our greenbelt? Over the last three years we have had huge areas be released for housing by successive administrations despite promises that they don’t want to but have had to as they all strive to reach this housing ‘bank’ target of 6,350 houses in Broxtowe for the next five years. We are told that that they have nearly reached this target but as to an actual figure achieved no one seems able to or wants to release this. If anyone in the council can let us all know it would be much appreciated so we will know what else is required.
The next reason for developing on our green space is to provide new schools, something we all want however at what cost? If we were a city centre area we wouldn’t have this land to sell off and central government would have to help. We are told that they aren’t able to do this due to no money. Is our children’s future not equally important as other causes for which they can find funds. So to rebuild the Bramcote Hills school the land on Moor Lane is to be sold off for 500- 600 houses and the old park school site is to be redeveloped for houses. This should generate a very healthy surplus to rebuild the school so does all of it have to be developed? Should we not need to keep some of the land for recreation? Suggestions have been made to rebuild the 50 plus year old Bramcote Leisure centre from the surplus but this doesn’t seem to be definitely in the plans. Or is it ? Our population needs to have space to relax, for exercise and protect future health, an increasing problem.
We need to encourage the use of open space such as Bramcote park for the reasons above and for this we need facilities, toilets and refreshments which were there were originally until they were removed for the remembrance garden. A council over site!! So now there is a proposed ‘essential development’ in the middle of the park next to the playground. The precedent for this development on prime green belt could give rise to further buildings to ‘support’ this ‘essential development’ with further erosion of this very precious an area. Surely this ‘essential development’ could be put on the car park area to protect this valued and much used open space and so be nearer to connect to the utility services and save connection costs.
So, will any of our candidates for councillors or our local MP go on record to stop or at least curtail all this development of what is left of Bramcote’s open space before none of it is left? I am sure there are many of the electorate who would like to hear their thoughts before the election rather than after, when it is too late.
Once it has gone it has gone.
George Read Local Resident