MP backs campaign to block housing on field

First published in News

ANGRY Farnworth residents fighting against proposals for an affordable housing development on a community field have won the backing of Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi.

At a packed public meeting, she paid tribute to the “passion” of members of the public and pledged to support their campaign to halt any development at the field on Watson Road.

Bolton at Home are consulting with Highfield Road Residents’ Association over a proposed scheme which involves the building of 25 houses on the site. No planning application has yet been submitted.

Around 90 residents attended Friday’s meeting at St Catherine’s Church, organised by the association, where Harper Green councillors Champak Mistry and Mike Francis were also present.

Association treasurer Mrs Paula Lewin said afterwards: “The green field in Watson Road has been used for 50 years for recreation. The number of proposed units has come down from 30 to 25 which will take up three-quarters of the field. We put forward an alternative plan for the building of seven units, which was rejected.

“We’ve been in consultation with Bolton at Home for around four or five months and they’ve been very open throughout.

“I was very pleased at the turn-out. The purpose was to lobby support from our MP and give a forum to residents to voice their concerns about the development.”

On the revised proposal to reduce the number of homes, Cllr Francis told the meeting: “This does retain a substantial amount of the green space and is a step in the right direction.” But he stressed he was against any development on the site.

Local mother-of-two Michelle Seddon told the meeting: “If this field goes, then my children will have nowhere to play.

“Also, we’re going to be like sardines here with nowhere to move.” After fellow residents voiced similar concerns, Cllr Francis told the meeting: “We need this sort of engagement.

“We can argue on planning grounds, but you can do even more.”

Ms Qureshi said she had received letters from constituents over the issue. Backing the residents and praising their passion in opposing the proposed development, she said: “We really need to have this piece of land and not to build on it.

“We are talking about a piece of greenery. We want to save it so it can continue to be used by people living in the area.”

Meanwhile, people living near land in Highfield Road who are opposed to plans to build 13 homes in a separate development have launched a bid to have the green space given village green status.

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3:30pm Mon 4 Feb 13

macauley says...

moan,moan,moan.farnw
orth again.?
moan,moan,moan.farnw orth again.? macauley
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7:17pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Robert2012 says...

NIMBY'S

Anywhere but near me...

Shocking that they all put their own selfish opinions over the jobs created, apprentiships created and the new affordable modern ecological friendly houses built for rent that will improve the area ......the area with the worst pub in Bolton around the corner!

Half of the green space has been retained to pacify the NIMBY'S, still not happy....

Shocking
NIMBY'S Anywhere but near me... Shocking that they all put their own selfish opinions over the jobs created, apprentiships created and the new affordable modern ecological friendly houses built for rent that will improve the area ......the area with the worst pub in Bolton around the corner! Half of the green space has been retained to pacify the NIMBY'S, still not happy.... Shocking Robert2012
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9:22pm Mon 4 Feb 13

macauley says...

Robert2012 wrote:
NIMBY'S Anywhere but near me... Shocking that they all put their own selfish opinions over the jobs created, apprentiships created and the new affordable modern ecological friendly houses built for rent that will improve the area ......the area with the worst pub in Bolton around the corner! Half of the green space has been retained to pacify the NIMBY'S, still not happy.... Shocking
re open the shuttle i say.
[quote][p][bold]Robert2012[/bold] wrote: NIMBY'S Anywhere but near me... Shocking that they all put their own selfish opinions over the jobs created, apprentiships created and the new affordable modern ecological friendly houses built for rent that will improve the area ......the area with the worst pub in Bolton around the corner! Half of the green space has been retained to pacify the NIMBY'S, still not happy.... Shocking[/p][/quote]re open the shuttle i say. macauley
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6:31am Tue 5 Feb 13

leesa marie says...

houses built and given to who? we all know who !
houses built and given to who? we all know who ! leesa marie
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8:57pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Scabz87 says...

Robert2012 wrote:
NIMBY'S

Anywhere but near me...

Shocking that they all put their own selfish opinions over the jobs created, apprentiships created and the new affordable modern ecological friendly houses built for rent that will improve the area ......the area with the worst pub in Bolton around the corner!

Half of the green space has been retained to pacify the NIMBY'S, still not happy....

Shocking
I actually cannot believe the narrow mindedness of some people. Do you really think that Bolton council are going to create new apprenticeships to build 25 houses? Are you for real? And I'm sure if it was on your door step you wouldn't be too happy either, I'm sure you should be fighting to save what is left of the green parks in our local areas. You half wit.
[quote][p][bold]Robert2012[/bold] wrote: NIMBY'S Anywhere but near me... Shocking that they all put their own selfish opinions over the jobs created, apprentiships created and the new affordable modern ecological friendly houses built for rent that will improve the area ......the area with the worst pub in Bolton around the corner! Half of the green space has been retained to pacify the NIMBY'S, still not happy.... Shocking[/p][/quote]I actually cannot believe the narrow mindedness of some people. Do you really think that Bolton council are going to create new apprenticeships to build 25 houses? Are you for real? And I'm sure if it was on your door step you wouldn't be too happy either, I'm sure you should be fighting to save what is left of the green parks in our local areas. You half wit. Scabz87
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9:23pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Brickies says...

We are the half wits who actually work in the construction industry, the biggest employer in the country and as we are currently in a recession, I would of thought those people calling us half wits would be intelligent enough to realise that get construction back up and running again the country stands a chance of recovery!! So you tell me who the half wit is?!!
We are the half wits who actually work in the construction industry, the biggest employer in the country and as we are currently in a recession, I would of thought those people calling us half wits would be intelligent enough to realise that get construction back up and running again the country stands a chance of recovery!! So you tell me who the half wit is?!! Brickies
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