Kent View Road playing fields in Vange saved after long fight by campaigners

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CAMPAIGNERS have won a two year battle after halting the sale of a recreation ground in Vange.

The Vange Community Group, led by Phil Jacobs, have put together a business plan to save the Kent View Recreation ground from being sold off for housing.

Basildon Council had planned to sell of the land in Kent View Road to build about 70 homes to help fund the £38million Sporting Village.

Campaigners and Tony Ball, the leader of Basildon Council, held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the news.

Mr Jacobs said he was "elated and very happy" at the outcome but said he knows there is a lot of hard work ahead.

Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon, was very happy with the news.

He added: “I have had numerous meetings with both residents and the council and been consistent in my view that this was an inappropriate development that would have an adverse impact on the area.”

“My aim was always for the council and the residents to keep an open mind about the future of the site. I was pleased that the council said that if the situation changed then their decision to develop the site could change. "I am therefore pleased that the situation has changed and that they have found away to save this important local facility.”

“I believe that this has been made possible by the council sourcing alternative funding for the Sporting Village and a proposal from local residents, whereby they have agreed to take responsibility for the running and maintenance of the recreation ground.”

“The plans will now be submitted for detailed scrutiny by council officers to ensure that they are robust and financially viable and I would like to congratulate both local residents and the Council for coming to what on the face of it appears to be a sensible compromise that will see the recreation ground saved.”

"I wish the Vange Community Group every success with their plans and offer my support to them as they take on this exciting and ambitious venture.”

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7:25pm Tue 23 Oct 12

LeighLocal1 says...

another NO to much needed housing, what a suprise
another NO to much needed housing, what a suprise LeighLocal1
  • Score: -17

7:28pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Basildon.lad.21 says...

If we get any more houses in Basildon, I think it will come a point we will have to staet building them on top of each other.
If we get any more houses in Basildon, I think it will come a point we will have to staet building them on top of each other. Basildon.lad.21
  • Score: 5

8:34pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Jeannie66 says...

Well Done Phil and the rest of the committee and thank you for all your hard work!
The Rec is the heart of the community and it would have been a travesty to see it turned into another housing silo!
Well Done Phil and the rest of the committee and thank you for all your hard work! The Rec is the heart of the community and it would have been a travesty to see it turned into another housing silo! Jeannie66
  • Score: 8

10:19am Wed 24 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

that's saved the dog walkers from having to go a bit further to take their dogs for a crap
that's saved the dog walkers from having to go a bit further to take their dogs for a crap Eric Whim
  • Score: 2

6:40pm Thu 25 Oct 12

TheWizzard says...

Apparently they will now sell land near Ballards walk, i am sure that will please Laindon locals
Apparently they will now sell land near Ballards walk, i am sure that will please Laindon locals TheWizzard
  • Score: 0

9:45am Fri 26 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

TheWizzard wrote:
Apparently they will now sell land near Ballards walk, i am sure that will please Laindon locals
people near Ballards Walk need a space for their dogs to crap in too....
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: Apparently they will now sell land near Ballards walk, i am sure that will please Laindon locals[/p][/quote]people near Ballards Walk need a space for their dogs to crap in too.... Eric Whim
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