On Tuesday 3rd May the Council Cabinet will be looking to ratify the disposal of Bellburn Field.

According to the Agenda the public are welcome to attend the meeting and make representations.

The agenda and documents for what will be discussed are available via this link:

http://www.darlington.gov.uk/your-counc…/…/meeting-details/…


 

 

During March Mike Crawley, Rachel Mills and myself met with Jamie Leeson of the Fields in Trust organisation.

We were interested in finding out if they would help protect the remaining part of the field if the development went ahead. Jamie gave us lots of information and examples, it was decided that the best route was to get Keepmoat involved and have them sound out the Council as to what could happen.

This Jamie did and he has now come back to us with an update, sadly the news isn't good. Whilst the Council have confirmed they "have no proposals or intention to develop out the remainder of the site" they are "not at this time willing to pursue your suggestion."

So they say they won't develop it but aren't prepared to put an official deed over it to make sure that it stays as a green space in the
future.

As Jamie pointed out "they are one of a few Local Authorities in the UK who have not protected any land with us since we started in 1925." 

We thank Jamie and Ian Prescott of Keepmoat for their time and effort and can only hope that the Council's view can be changed to protect the little amount of greenfield we will have left in the area.  

Emma Crawley

 


A 3rd Keepmoat Consultation Event was held on Tuesday 23rd February at St Matthew & St Luke Parish Church.

These are some of the plans presentedshown below:

 


 









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APOLOGY FROM KEEPMOAT

After various digging activities on the field over the week up to 19th February many residents noticed that it had been left in a terrible state and complained to Keepmoat.

We have received the following reply from Ian Prescott:

'This morning a local Councillor brought to my attention the poor state that our engineers have left the field in following some trial hole works. I immediately contacted our engineers and they have assured me that they will return to site and tidy things up early next week. In the meantime I wish to sincerely apologise to local residents.'