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Newark Advertiser letter: Action needed now not in 15 year's time

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When the leader of the district council proclaimed, we will have plenty of open space and sporting pitches in 15 year’s time but gave no assurances that we won’t need to travel to Sherwood Forest for such an indulgence, I thought immediately of Marie Antoinette.

In a May 5 article, Newark Sports Association plead with Newark And Sherwood District Council to stop development at Lincoln Road Playing Fields, council leader David Lloyd commented: “I want to ensure residents that our plan will see more than 160 hectares of additional open space being delivered in the next 15 years, including new parks, nature conversation parks and sports pitches.”


Promises of better things in years to come from a council that has recently passed planning to build on playing fields in Newark and with the loss of Flowserve in Balderton, such words seem incredulous.

Imagine parents of young children explaining that you can’t play ball on a local football pitch, but not to worry you’ll be ok when you reach the age of 20, our council has said so.

In 1789, after being told that the French population was facing a bread shortage because of the poor harvest and were starving, Queen Marie Antoinette replied with “let them eat cake.” Cake, obviously being a more expensive item than bread just went on to show how out of touch with the people she was.

Jam tomorrow, perhaps, from our district council. ­— Stephen Crane, Balderton.

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