Rolls plan would destroy Bulwell’s ‘garden’

I AM a 22-year-old student at Nottingham Trent University, studying environmental conservation and countryside management.

As a Bulwell lad all my life, Bulwell Hall Park has been been a place of great importance to me. Such a beautiful area, full of wildlife and beauty, is something that all Bulwellians are lucky to have so close to us.

Growing up, I have realised Bulwell has had its fair share of negative publicity, and outside of Bulwell, a lot of people do not have a good view of the town.

But it is Bulwell Hall Park that makes our town unique to the majority of Nottingham’s urban towns. It is every Bulwellian’s back garden, which has supplied us all with great memories like it has done for myself.

However it has come to my attention lately in a Dspatch article that there is a proposal to develop a new factory and employment units that would go hand in hand with 800 new homes on part of the Rolls-Royce site, off Watnall Road, Hucknall.

If this happens, it would be devastating for the wildlife and the people who use Bulwell Hall Park.

It would create an eyesore for us, ruining the beauty that the park and surrounding area have to offer. But more importantly, in my eyes, it would have a devastating effect on the wildlife.

Most people don’t realise it but the area in question is a habitat of wildlife significance, and birds that are currently under threat, which are not common, have been spotted there, more notably the severely-decreasing skylark.

Other species include the short-eared owl, barn owl, curlew and golden plovers. Muntjac deers have also been spotted on the old Rolls-Royce site, so it isn’t just birds.

What also frustrates me is that this proposal is being backed by Coun Mick Murphy, a Hucknall Conservative member of Notts County Council, the town’s Tory MP, Mark Spencer, and Coun Chris Baron (Lab), a Hucknall member of Ashfield District Council.

They explain how beneficial it would be to Hucknall’s economy and people, but this land is just as much Bulwell as it is Hucknall, if not more!

How narrow-minded they are to not even consider the view of the Bulwell people and how it would affect us.

I understand it would create jobs, and how beneficial that would be, but it would ruin the one thing that makes Bulwell so different to a lot of Nottingham’s urban towns — and that’s our park, our beautiful back-garden!

The proposed plan would be built from Hucknall bypass to the edge of Bulwell woodland, fragmenting habitats, preventing wildlife from passing from one habitat to another and creating an eyesore so close to a beautiful place.

What you have to realise is that Bulwell Hall Park isn’t just one piece of land but it is part of a vast array of countryside which leads up to Blenheim Lane and then carries on into Snape Wood, into Trowell and so forth, so the wildlife can pass one area to another.

This plan would prevent this. Habitat destruction is wildlife’s biggest threat, and we must not bring this to Bulwell Hall Park and its surrounding area.

I am aware that the proposal may not even get the go-ahead, but I thought I would raise the awareness of this subject before it’s too late.

As a young, proud Bulwellian, I also want to represent the young people of Bulwell in a good light.

Fighting for what I believe in and proving not every young person in Bulwell is pushing a pram with no life aspirations.