Protect Newark's Green Spaces statement on saving trees and space beside library about to read at extraordinary full council
Campaigners fighting to save four trees and green space beside Newark Library have written a statement about to be read out at tonight's extraordinary full district council.
Members are set to vote for a last-minute deal to save the green space and trees, a backtrack on the council's plans to extend London Road carpark.
Protect Newark's Green Spaces' statement reads: "We hope the majority of councillors will tonight vote to accept the landowner’s revised offer for Newark and Sherwood District Council to buy back the land to the rear of the former Municipal Buildings to retain it as a public open space.
"Protect Newark’s Green Spaces relies solely on public support to share its message across the district.
"Therefore, we are hugely grateful to the 6,081 residents who signed our petition to stop the chop and save these trees. We were also given practical and welcome support from dozens of businesses in the town and were moved to read the many comments from the hundreds of local residents who encouraged you — our elected councillors — to vote for option A) to retain the land as an open space, rather than option B) to build a carpark — via the recent postcard campaign.
"The community made it clear they want this council to stop the chop.
"Indeed, the landowner has stated that our campaign persuaded him to approach the council with a further revised offer on November 12, an act which inevitably saved these trees.
"Therefore, while we remain grateful to the small number of elected representatives who voted to save the trees in the library gardens at the last full council meeting on October 12, and we hope they are joined by many more of you this evening, Protect Newark’s Green Spaces would like to make it clear that it should not take a community-led campaign for the right outcome to be achieved.
"All of our elected councillors should always act in our interests.
"Protect Newark’s Green Spaces is proud of its campaign, and we remain committed to protecting outdoor spaces. However, we do not think it should be necessary for any citizen to have to take a personal risk to achieve the right outcome."