Reader's letter: Speak up, support our green spaces
The Advertiser published an article May 12, 2018, written by Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, titled People Power Is Crucial To Protecting Our Green Spaces.
He spoke of success in Farnsfield after action by local people and the article read: “So my message to residents of Newark is clear — if you don’t want to see green spaces where you live built upon, be active. Get in touch with your local MP.”
As MPs are primarily elected to represent the interests of their constituents Mark Spencer’s advice seemed perfectly reasonable.
So, this April I wrote to our MP Robert Jenrick, about the loss of Newark’s green spaces in Newark and the loss of Flowserve Sports and Social.
In May, the response I received read: “A reply needs to be issued from the ministerial office rather than his MP’s office and to avoid any conflict of interest, this is likely to be addressed by one of the ministers in his team. Given his minister’s role, Robert absents himself from making comments relating to planning matters in his own constituency ensuring there is no perception of conflict.”
I find it less than helpful that the MP who was elected to represent the town of Newark and Balderton has chosen to farm out his responsibilities on the matter of the vanishing green spaces and loss of playing fields to another.
This matter is, I believe, of such importance that it is imperative that our own MP is aware and acts to mitigate or reverse some of the less than positive planning decisions made in recent years, as these rulings potentially impact on the lives of all living in Newark and Balderton and on future generations.
For the matter of clarity, we are not talking of greenbelt land but of the green/open-spaces located within Newark and Balderton, some of which were established more than a century ago for the purpose of providing recreation for the local people, parks and playing fields, places to play sport or to simply enjoy a stroll. — S. CRANE, Balderton.