Group’s meeting to fight field sale

Moor Lane residents have united in a bid to prevent housing being built on a playing field owned by Scarborough Borough Council.. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113046
Moor Lane residents have united in a bid to prevent housing being built on a playing field owned by Scarborough Borough Council.. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113046

A GROUP set up in opposition to the proposed sale of a popular Scarborough playing field are holding a public meeting to highlight their fight.

A GROUP set up in opposition to the proposed sale of a popular Scarborough playing field are holding a public meeting to highlight their fight.

Members of Save Moor Lane Field are holding a meeting at St Mark’s Community Hall in Newby on Friday.

The group was formed last month in protest at Scarborough Council’s plans to sell off the bottom half of Moor Lane Field in order to build 48 affordable homes on the land.

Lyn Johnson, of Moor Lane, who is one of the groups founders, is hoping for a huge turnout at the event in order to demonstrate to the council how much the public object to the plans for the 2.7 acre field.

She said: “I think this is a great chance to show the council that people in the area really do care about the field.

“We now have the backing of two councillors, and we are hopeful that they will both show up on the night.”

Hazel Bassett, who is another member of the group, has set up a ‘Save Moor Lane Field’ Facebook page, to drum up support for the campaign.

She added: “The area is one of the most popular in Scarborough for kids to play in or walk their dog, and in the winter people come from all over to sledge.

“What I’m worried about though is that some people won’t realise what has been lost until they turn up in the winter to sledge and it’s been taken away from them for good.”

One of the councillors who is planning to attend is cllr Mick Cooper, who represents Newby.

He said: “I’m the councillor for the area, so I know how passionate everybody here is about the cause.

“I’m only new to the council, but I’m going to go ahead and do what I can for the group. You only need to talk to them to see how passionate they are about it.

“We can really have a go at the council and hopefully get them to change their mind. The field is used all year round, and there’s plenty of other more suitable locations to build on.”

Support for the group has grown at a rapid rate since the Evening News highlighted their plight on August 1.

The group have set up a blog, and support on the group’s Facebook page has trebled since the story was published.

Councillors voted six to three in favour of selling the land in principle at a meeting held on July 19, despite nine letters of objection and a petition signed by 151 residents objecting to the proposed sale.

Cllr Jane Kenyon said at a previous meeting that there was a long process ahead and there may be other options for the residents to seek to protect the area.

She also said that the agreement to sell the land in principle was just the start of that process, and that it may or may not result in development on the land.

A decision on the next stage of the sale is expected at a council meeting in the near future.