Residents oppose sale of Therfield Heath land for housing

12:28 19 June 2014

Land is for sale on Therfield Heath

Land is for sale on Therfield Heath

Archant

Residents have condemned the proposed sale of land at Therfield Heath.

As revealed in the Crow last week, the Conservators of Therfield Heath want to sell a piece of the heath, adjacent to Briary Lane, for housing development.

But nearby residents say the land, which falls outside the heath’s Site of Special Scientific Interest, provided a space for children to play.

Anji Copeland, of Wicker Hall, was one of a number of people to contact the Crow.

She said: “When the football pitch was still in use by loads of children and adults every day, so much so the goalmouth by the posts were eroded by continued use, the conservators were walking around with a developer with detailed plans in his hands. The first stage of the ‘development’ was to take down the posts.

“Then a few months passed and the grass was left to overgrow, so that children could not use it. Where are children going to go now?”

The Conservators say the cost of the upkeep of the Briary Lane land, which is separate to the main heath, was prohibitive, and that the money could be better spent providing extra sporting and recreational facilities.

A new piece of land adjacent to the heath will be purchased to replace the area being sold.

Related articles

1 comment

  • Anji Copeland is absolutely right, this was a well used sporting facility, I've seen loads of happy children playing football on this site, running about, enjoying a little freedom. I am sure I would not be alone in saying, we do not want a random piece of land purchased (where is this land anyone prepared to say?), we want our football pitch back!

    Report this comment

    Captain Sensible

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

More news stories

Yesterday, 14:14
Charles Kennedy, who died in the early hours of this morning.

A county councillor has spoken of how the ‘compassion’ of the late Charles Kennedy drew her to the Liberal Democrats.

Yesterday, 12:23
Jose Hales

A Melbourn councillor has spoken of his concerns that a potential revision of the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan could mean more houses earmarked for the village.

Yesterday, 09:08
Neville Staple

When the bill is announced for Hitchin’s Rhythms of the World festival, the proud boast is of music from around the world and around the corner.

Yesterday, 08:32
Local farmer Simon Parish demonstrates latest state of the art farming technology. Picture: Clive Porter.

It may have been pouring with rain, but that wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of young farmers when they celebrated rural life at the Cambridgeshire County Show on Sunday.

”North

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition today E-edition