Neighbours campaign to save Oakfield rec from housing

A 'Save Oakfield' group has been formed
A 'Save Oakfield' group has been formed

Concerned residents and councillors have teamed up to fight a proposal to build houses on their village park.

Oakfield Recreation Ground, in Bilton Road, has been earmarked for 62 houses.

Rugby Borough Council leased the land, owned by the Heart of England Co-operative Society, for around 30 years until last year, when the lease expired.

The Co-op refused the council’s request to extend the lease and has not responded to the council’s subsequent offer to buy the land - fuelling concerns over the future of the park.

A ‘Save Oakfield’ group has been formed and members have delivered 700 flyers to people living in the area.

Richard Joy, a member of Save Oakfield, said: “Oakfield rec is the simplest of amenities but it allows local residents to get outside, stay fit and spend quality time with their families for free.

“At the next meeting, on Monday night, our main request is that someone from the Co-op turns up and witnesses first-hand how angry the residents are, and explains the justification for destroying the park when an offer from Rugby Borough Council to purchase the land for the general good is sitting on the table.”

There is a public meeting, which the Co-op Society has been invited to, on November 10 at 7pm at the Indian Centre in Edward Street, Rugby.