Rokeby’s fight to save green space steps up a gear

Rokeby residents enjoying their treasured green space. NNL-161010-133410001
Rokeby residents enjoying their treasured green space. NNL-161010-133410001

The campaign against the controversial plans for two new schools to be built on Rokeby’s precious green space has taken a new twist.

The campaign group SHARE, Sustainable Hillside and Rokeby Education, has gathered support for its argument that Rokeby Playing Fields is a vital part of the community and its wellbeing.

And it revealed this week that Warwickshire County Council has received its application for Rokeby Playing Fields to be registered as a Town Green and is preparing to publish it for public feedback.

If the application is successful then the playing fields will be protected from any future development proposals and current and future residents of Hillside and Rokeby will be able to enjoy this open space for ever.

SHARE has worked with local residents to provide evidence that the fields have been regularly used by many local residents for over 20 years. Its response from the county council suggests it is due to make the application available to view on its website from October 20 until December 2, 2016.

Following this, SHARE believes there will be a public inquiry into the issue.

SHARE campaigner Julian Woolley said “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Hillside and Rokeby who have been overwhelmingly supportive of our campaign and have submitted witness statements and questionnaires demonstrating that these fields have been used for recreation for at least the last 50 years.”

Under the Town Green process residents of any locality can apply to register their access rights to any area which has been freely used for sports and other pastimes for more than 20 years.