Winners and losers of the fight to save playing fields

SO, the struggle to save the playing fields at Wigwam Lane in Hucknall (pictured) is finally over.

Who are the winners and losers?

Vera Malcolm (the Hucknall grandma who fought housing development on the site) is the undoubted winner. She has gained the respect and admiration of almost all of Hucknall for her principled stand against this development.

The losers have got to be the many councillors who, despite their misgivings, backed the plans. They lost the trust of those who wanted better for the youngsters of Hucknall.

They development even ignores the wishes of Emily Ada Story, who never wanted this to happen.

Future would-be councillors should consider this:

Government guidelines suggest that green space is needed, dependent on the percentage population of an area, i.e. more houses = increased population and more people = more open space needed.

Where will this future open space be found when houses are built on Green-Belt land?

Prince William’s Diamond Jubilee Project to save playing fields (Fields in Trust) to “ensure future generations will have access to space for sport and play” came too late for Hucknall.

Alison Moore Gwyn, chief executive of Fields in Trust, also said: “Access to these facilities is vital to ensuring our communities are robust and healthy — a health that is achieved not just through participating in physical activity but, equally importantly, by providing a sense of community cohesion.”

A view shared by Vera Malcolm!

E.I.ARSLAN,

Leadale Avenue, Hucknall.