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Reader's letter: Policies demand more green space

I remember with fondness, my father taking me in the 1960s to watch cricket at Worthington Simpson’s.

Sadly, the gates of that facility, now Flowserve, were locked, two months ago, on more than a century of community sport.

Access to a network of high-quality open spaces and opportunities for sport and physical activity is important for the health and well-being of communities. Any plans for development should be based on robust and up-to-date assessments of availability of open space and recreational facilities, including, considering any deficits and surpluses and need for provision.

These are not my words but those taken from a document published by our MP’s office, the government’s, National Planning Policy Framework, a directive expected to be applied by planning authorities.

As a youth, I played on the playing fields at Lincoln Road, now earmarked for housing; on Bowbridge Road, currently a building site; on Cavendish Avenue, now part of the cemetery; and watched sport at the Stadium on Elm Avenue, where planning for nine houses has been approved.

The now 11-year-old Green Space Improve-ment Plans show shortages of open space and recreational facilities across Newark and Balderton.

People would like to see due and proper process in decision-making, ensuring proper analysis is undertaken as per government policy guidance. If that were done, our green spaces would be protected, and plans put in place for the immediate provision of additional open spaces and recreational facilities. ­— STEPHEN CRANE, Balderton.

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