Meeting to fight land disposal

RESIDENTS are organising a public meeting in a bid to fight plans to sell off Helredale Playing Fields.

Helredale Neighbourhood Council (HNC) is urging all local people to back them and attend the meeting which was called after Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) announced in an advert last week it is planning to dispose of the area of open space.

Objectors have less than a fortnight to lodge their comments with the authority which is currently embroiled in a legal battle over whether the land can be classed as a village green.

HNC made the application several years ago in a bid to stop the land being sold to Yorkshire Coast Homes for social housing.

Viv Wright, secretary of HNC, told the Gazette: “We have been fighting this for the last five years.

“SBC has invited objections to the sale of the land, and everyone living in the area should send in their objections, we had fantastic support for the village green application, which is still in the pipeline at the Court of Appeal, and we need them to do the same now.”

In October 2008 a cabinet meeting gave the go-ahead to the sale of four acres of land subject to planning permission being granted and the re-provision of the football pitch.

But, there are no plans for a new football pitch and since then a section 106 agreement has been approved which means the developer has to provide money for a scheme to compensate for the loss of public open space.

Mrs Wright added: “The section 106 agreement does not comply with the decision made in 2008 since no provision has yet been made therefore the sale should not go ahead until this matter has been settled.”

The meeting is on Monday at the St Peter’s Road Community Centre (Salvation Army Centre) at 7pm.