MORE than 100 letters of objection have been handed to Scarborough Council in protest at the proposed sale of a popular playing field.
Newby residents have formed a group to fight plans to build 48 homes on the bottom half of Moor Lane Field.
Representatives Lyn Johnson and Hazel Bassett delivered the letters to council leader Tom Fox at the Town Hall on behalf of the group, and have also written to all local councillors and relevant chief officers.
They say: “We respectfully ask you to decline this sale of land and instead work with the residents of Newby to preserve this field and enhance it’s recreational use for future generations under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge 2012.
“We feel this would be a very fitting tribute to Her Majesty in her Diamond Jubilee year bearing in mind that this piece of land was purchased by the council from the Duchy Of Lancaster in 1948 and designated as public open space for use of the people of Newby and the surrounding area for recreational purposes.
“This vision for the area has now received support from Newby and Scalby Parish Council who are proposing to promote Moor Lane Open Space and Linden Road Playground to be nominated as a package for the QEII Fields Challenge.”
Councillors voted six to three in favour of selling the land in principle at a meeting in July, despite nine letters of objection and a petition signed by 151 residents.
Cllr Andrew Backhouse, who voted against the plans, has written to council chief executive Jim Dillion, saying: “The area set aside was based on the number of residents within the area, and their need, and as a result of the development of the Highfield Estate. Since that point in time there has been numerous developments within the area of Newby, and yet the amount of open space, accessible by the public, has remained the same.
“Newby has the second largest population of young people within the borough, second only to Eastfield, and yet has one of the least amount of community assets/facilities of any area within the borough.”