Petition against the proposed housing development on Newark's Cedar Avenue and Chestnut Avenue playing field reaches 700 signatures
The protest against the proposed housing development on Newark's Cedar Avenue/Chestnut Avenue playing field reached new heights at the weekend as campaigning town councillor Laurence Goff gathered signatures outside the local Morrison's supermarket.
"The total so far has now reached well over 700," said Mr Goff.
"I spent three days in all outside Morrison's gathering 420 more signatures, so I have 505 signatures on paper and 256 have signed online at the time of writing, but paper copies of the petition are also available at the Bridge Community Centre and four other locations around Bridge ward. I haven't yet added in the number of these signatures to the 761 counted so far but I'm confident we will eventually reach 1,000 signatures.
"The fight goes on as the residents need someone on their side."
Mr Goff initially organised a gathering of local residents who wanted to voice objection to plans to build 32 new affordable homes on the playing fields that formerly belonged to the Gilstrap Trust charity and were initially intended to remain as open space for the benefit of local residents "in perpetuity".
But at the time of the sale in 2017 the charity said the playing field had become a drain on its resources and its trustees could be failing in their duty under law if they did not act to dispose of the land.
All of the charities trustees have to be members of the district council, in accordance with the wishes of the charity's founder, the late Sir William Gilstrap, a former Mayor of Newark.
The plans for the new housing development are due to go before Newark and Sherwood District Council's planning committee.