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NILALM110308D1 - No sale: Local residents are happy that plans to sell off land near springfield gardens has been scrapped

NILALM110308D1 - No sale: Local residents are happy that plans to sell off land near springfield gardens has been scrapped

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RESIDENTS are celebrating after hearing that green space near to their homes will not be sold after an ‘overwhelming response’ to a council consultation.

Erewash Borough Council asked residents living near to Springfield Gardens, at the rear of the Bridge Inn on Awsworth Road, for their views on selling the plot earlier this month.

But residents teamed together to fight the plans and the council has now announced the land will not be sold.

Derek Scholes, who campaigned against the sale, described the news as a ‘big relief’.

“People round here have been getting quite upset at the thought of the land being sold off and built on so it’s really good to hear that won’t happen.

“I know that this might not be it but we will do everything we can to stop the council selling off our green space.”

John Ward, of Springfield Gardens, rallied residents to fight the sale of the land.

He said: “It’s great news that the land won’t be sold and good to hear that the council has seen sense.

“I hope it will do the same when it comes to other green space in the town.

“It’s called green space for a reason, it’s there to be used and enjoyed by residents.

“Once these spaces are lost, they are lost forever.”

Ian Sankey, director for resources at Erewash Borough Council, said: “A report is currently being finalised for the April executive and that report will recommend that the land at Springfield Gardens be withdrawn from sale.

“The recommendation is in line with the overwhelming response we received from local residents during our recent consultation exercise.”

Other areas featured on the Green Space Strategy document, which highlights land the council rate as low value and potential sites to sell off, include Newstead Road South, Newstead Road North, Milford Drive, Barling Avenue, and Revill Close in Ilkeston.

Mr Sankey assured residents living near to the sites that before they are put up for sale, public consultations like the one on Springfield Gardens will be completed.