Campaigners create video to help save Oakfield Rec from housing

Save Oakfield has been protesting against the Heart of England Co-operative Society's plans to build houses on the land
Save Oakfield has been protesting against the Heart of England Co-operative Society's plans to build houses on the land
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A protest group trying to save a playing field from housing developers has created a video to support its campaign.

Save Oakfield’s online video takes a tour of alternative outdoor spaces that the Heart of England Co-operative, which owns Oakfield recreation ground in Bilton Road, suggested residents could use if the field was built on.

The group has been battling to prevent 62 houses being built on the field, which members say is well used by the community.

The Co-op leased the land to Rugby Borough Council for 30 years, but when the lease ran out, the Co-op decided not to renew it.

Richard Joy, member and spokesman for Save Oakfield, said: “There is a serious side to this film. The venues we visited are the actual venues that the Co-op has proposed as being alternative outdoor sports facilities in its own Open Space Report.

“These ‘venues’ are supposed to be some kind of mitigation for the possible loss of Oakfield Rec, even the cemetery!

“Today we have received news that the Co-op’s representatives have responded to the objections raised and details of this have been posted to the Planning Portal website. They have responded to a handful of the objections raised, but they have made no attempt to address the issue of inappropriate outdoor sports facilities. This is in spite of residents letters (including my own) which informed them that you can’t play football in a cemetery!”

A planning application was submitted a few months ago and a decision has not yet been reached.

Go to http://www.saveoakfield.co.uk for more information.