Land at Greenberfield

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Land at Greenberfield

Post by PanBiker » 23 Jan 2019, 12:10

25 years ago when Sally was a Labour Party councillor for Pendle she was instrumental in campaigning to save the greenfield status of the two fields on the right as you turn onto Greenberfield Lane. Over the years the fields have been used for grazing. It came to her notice that the Tory led Borough Council was considering selling the land on recommendation from the council officers. The fear was that this would be sold on for more housing development on green field land.

The Policy and Resources Committee were meeting last night to decide on the matter. Sally put a request in to speak on the issue. The item was number 9 on the agenda but was brought forward for discussion, Sally was called first to speak and made an eloquent appeal for common sense to sign the land over to the Town Council as part of it's holdings at Victory Park and the allotment portions abutting behind the park. Glad to say the committee took her advice on board and voted unanimously to make that the case. The land will be passed to the Town Council in due course. One usage mooted along with maintaining the status quo on the majority of the land would be to use a portion of it to create more allotment parcels, directly opposite the existing ones. The infrastructure support for such use is already in place and there is a massive waiting list for allotments in the town as we have lost so many to development.
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Post by Tizer » 23 Jan 2019, 16:51

Marvellous! Good for Sally, well done. :goodidea:

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Post by Stanley » 24 Jan 2019, 03:32

Well done Sally. Allotments sound like a bloody good idea in view of the way Brexit is going!
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Re: Land at Greenberfield

Post by Whyperion » 03 May 2019, 23:46

PanBiker wrote:
23 Jan 2019, 12:10
25 years ago when Sally was a Labour Party councillor for Pendle she was instrumental in campaigning to save the greenfield status of the two fields on the right as you turn onto Greenberfield Lane. Over the years the fields have been used for grazing. It came to her notice that the Tory led Borough Council was considering selling the land on recommendation from the council officers. The fear was that this would be sold on for more housing development on green field land.

The Policy and Resources Committee were meeting last night to decide on the matter. Sally put a request in to speak on the issue. The item was number 9 on the agenda but was brought forward for discussion, Sally was called first to speak and made an eloquent appeal for common sense to sign the land over to the Town Council as part of it's holdings at Victory Park and the allotment portions abutting behind the park. Glad to say the committee took her advice on board and voted unanimously to make that the case. The land will be passed to the Town Council in due course. One usage mooted along with maintaining the status quo on the majority of the land would be to use a portion of it to create more allotment parcels, directly opposite the existing ones. The infrastructure support for such use is already in place and there is a massive waiting list for allotments in the town as we have lost so many to development.
Although the outcome looks good, the process is a problem for councillors, where officers 'forget' the past history of a site , and the reasons for it being that way, and do not make clear those, or produce alternatives to what they (the officers) start out desiring to do. I think all decisions a council committe, cabinet or meeting are called to make must be furnished with full facts , reasoning and background history (and executive summaries should be banned as they often mis-lead or mis-represent main documentary analysis).

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