Vange residents hope status bid will stop land being sold for housing

Basildon Recorder: Neil Hart  – campaign Neil Hart – campaign

CAMPAIGNERS are confident they can stop developers building on land they want to see officially declared a village green.

Protesters from the Vange Community Group turned out in force at a public inquiry into an application to give the site, in Kent View Road, Vange, village green status.

The Basildon Council-owned site is one of several across the borough the council hopes to sell to housebuilders to help recoup the £38million cost of building the Basildon Sporting Village in Glouc-ester Park, Basildon.

The council’s development plan has labeled the Vange land as a suitable place to build 73 homes.

However, if the community group gets its way and Essex County Council grants village green status, the site would be protected from development.

During three-day hearing, campaigners put their case for status to be granted.

Campaign group chairman Neil Hart, a Kent View Road resident for 37 years, said: “I am adamant we will win village green status for the recreation ground.

“I felt it went really well and we put a really strong case forward.

“I feel very confident and almost certain that the land will not be built on. This is something we have been fighting for months.

“More than 120 witness statements have been put forward, stating they couldn’t remember when the land wasn’t open to the public.

“The council has neglected the land and we, the residents, have had to pick up rubbish and take care of it.”

An announcement on the application is expected from County Hall by September. Mr Hart added: “If we don’t succeed in our quest, we will look at appealing and taking the case to court, so a judge can make the final decision.

“We have really come together as a community and will fight this all the way.”

Ward councillor Bryon Taylor, who is also deputy leader of the Labour group on the council, said: “Mr Hart and the campaigners have worked extremely hard and spent a lot of time building a strong case. I think they have a good chance and their community spirit is very admirable.”

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8:54am Wed 1 Aug 12

Ironman says...

Great job Neil, E.A.Ellis would have been proud of you.................
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Great job Neil, E.A.Ellis would have been proud of you................. .......... Ironman
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6:31pm Wed 1 Aug 12

green green grass of home says...

http://ltgdc.org.uk/
planning/planning-co
mmittee-membership/

Alan Clark the go between for Nottinghamshire council and Basildon Council on the purchase of land at Bowers Gifford it has many finger prints all over it its time the truth came out
http://ltgdc.org.uk/ planning/planning-co mmittee-membership/ Alan Clark the go between for Nottinghamshire council and Basildon Council on the purchase of land at Bowers Gifford it has many finger prints all over it its time the truth came out green green grass of home
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7:00pm Wed 1 Aug 12

Brunning999 says...

That is a joke a Village Green in Vange !

That's like putting an old persons home in tne Centre reservation of the A127.
That is a joke a Village Green in Vange ! That's like putting an old persons home in tne Centre reservation of the A127. Brunning999
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7:06pm Wed 1 Aug 12

green green grass of home says...

We use to have a town park in Basildon called Gloucester Park till the filthly tories sold it to Mr.Barratts so their are no jokes Brunning just your comment
We use to have a town park in Basildon called Gloucester Park till the filthly tories sold it to Mr.Barratts so their are no jokes Brunning just your comment green green grass of home
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11:32am Thu 2 Aug 12

bdps66 says...

Don't bank on getting any satisfaction from Essex County Council. Anything Green doesn't interest them as long as they can grab money. Check out what is being proposed for Benfleet Downs. (facebook group :SAVE BENFLEET DOWNS IN ESSEX). I wish you every success. Don't wear green shoes - they'll build on them!
Don't bank on getting any satisfaction from Essex County Council. Anything Green doesn't interest them as long as they can grab money. Check out what is being proposed for Benfleet Downs. (facebook group :SAVE BENFLEET DOWNS IN ESSEX). I wish you every success. Don't wear green shoes - they'll build on them! bdps66
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12:46pm Thu 2 Aug 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

I walked across this 'much loved' open space today at about 11AM - a nice, pleasent summers day in th second week of the school holidays, not too hot and not raining and I was the only person over there! This isn't a rare occurence either - although if you get over there earlier you see a few dogs voiding their bowels while their humans shuffle their feet and look off into the wide blue yonder.

Is this a bit like the people that campaign to save the village shop but never shop there?


I reckon the people who would have to walk their dogs a bit further to let them crap are more worried about the land being developed than anyone else and as much as I deplore the Council's rapacious greed for development sites it would seem that this open space is little used by kids for playing. Maybe their parents don't want them getting a grass stain on their clothes or their shoes a bit muddy so keep them indoors glued to the playbox wii 360 and ply them with pop and crisps to keep them indoors.

Imagine if Tony Tweedledee Ball and Kevin Tweedledum Blake from the Council were over there looking to see just how used this space is and saw it completely empty as often as I do, they'd be straight on the blower to their Lords and Masters the housing developers....


Use it or lose it!
I walked across this 'much loved' open space today at about 11AM - a nice, pleasent summers day in th second week of the school holidays, not too hot and not raining and I was the only person over there! This isn't a rare occurence either - although if you get over there earlier you see a few dogs voiding their bowels while their humans shuffle their feet and look off into the wide blue yonder. Is this a bit like the people that campaign to save the village shop but never shop there? I reckon the people who would have to walk their dogs a bit further to let them crap are more worried about the land being developed than anyone else and as much as I deplore the Council's rapacious greed for development sites it would seem that this open space is little used by kids for playing. Maybe their parents don't want them getting a grass stain on their clothes or their shoes a bit muddy so keep them indoors glued to the playbox wii 360 and ply them with pop and crisps to keep them indoors. Imagine if Tony Tweedledee Ball and Kevin Tweedledum Blake from the Council were over there looking to see just how used this space is and saw it completely empty as often as I do, they'd be straight on the blower to their Lords and Masters the housing developers.... Use it or lose it! The Cater Wood Creeper
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2:46pm Thu 2 Aug 12

SpaffSpiff84 says...

well not really, i dont use the grass outside my house but that doesnt mean i want a housing estate on it. the council are taking liberties keep selling off every bit of grass they can to line their own pockets while constantly asking the people who live here for more & more while giving them less & less. give it 15 years and the only greenery in basildon will be the weeds growing through the pavement
well not really, i dont use the grass outside my house but that doesnt mean i want a housing estate on it. the council are taking liberties keep selling off every bit of grass they can to line their own pockets while constantly asking the people who live here for more & more while giving them less & less. give it 15 years and the only greenery in basildon will be the weeds growing through the pavement SpaffSpiff84
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4:30pm Thu 2 Aug 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

give it 15 years and the only greenery in basildon will be the weeds growing through the pavement


or, give it 15 years and the only greenery in basildon will be the weed growing in people's lofts.....
[quote] give it 15 years and the only greenery in basildon will be the weeds growing through the pavement [/quote] or, give it 15 years and the only greenery in basildon will be the weed growing in people's lofts..... The Cater Wood Creeper
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6:16pm Thu 2 Aug 12

SpaffSpiff84 says...

fingers crossed!
fingers crossed! SpaffSpiff84
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12:22am Fri 3 Aug 12

Trainman says...

WHY are Essex County Council SO keen to see every bit of green built on, and with housing?

Look at Dry Street, and how many times planning permission has been sought to RUIN this Beauty Spot with concrete & bricks?

I may not live that way anymore, but I MOST sincerely hope the area is LEFT ALONE.

We ALL know money speaks Many languages, but PLEASE leave some of the Beauty Spots ALONE?
WHY are Essex County Council SO keen to see every bit of green built on, and with housing? Look at Dry Street, and how many times planning permission has been sought to RUIN this Beauty Spot with concrete & bricks? I may not live that way anymore, but I MOST sincerely hope the area is LEFT ALONE. We ALL know money speaks Many languages, but PLEASE leave some of the Beauty Spots ALONE? Trainman
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10:55am Fri 3 Aug 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

Trainman wrote:
WHY are Essex County Council SO keen to see every bit of green built on, and with housing? Look at Dry Street, and how many times planning permission has been sought to RUIN this Beauty Spot with concrete & bricks? I may not live that way anymore, but I MOST sincerely hope the area is LEFT ALONE. We ALL know money speaks Many languages, but PLEASE leave some of the Beauty Spots ALONE?
they are too frightened of losing their safe tory seats if they build anywhere in the borough other than Basildon, Billericay is sacred ground so the folk south of the Arterial suffer.....
[quote][p][bold]Trainman[/bold] wrote: WHY are Essex County Council SO keen to see every bit of green built on, and with housing? Look at Dry Street, and how many times planning permission has been sought to RUIN this Beauty Spot with concrete & bricks? I may not live that way anymore, but I MOST sincerely hope the area is LEFT ALONE. We ALL know money speaks Many languages, but PLEASE leave some of the Beauty Spots ALONE?[/p][/quote]they are too frightened of losing their safe tory seats if they build anywhere in the borough other than Basildon, Billericay is sacred ground so the folk south of the Arterial suffer..... The Cater Wood Creeper
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9:25pm Fri 3 Aug 12

hothead says...

The Cater Wood Creeper wrote:
Trainman wrote:
WHY are Essex County Council SO keen to see every bit of green built on, and with housing? Look at Dry Street, and how many times planning permission has been sought to RUIN this Beauty Spot with concrete & bricks? I may not live that way anymore, but I MOST sincerely hope the area is LEFT ALONE. We ALL know money speaks Many languages, but PLEASE leave some of the Beauty Spots ALONE?
they are too frightened of losing their safe tory seats if they build anywhere in the borough other than Basildon, Billericay is sacred ground so the folk south of the Arterial suffer.....
Do you understand the difference between County Council and District Council?
[quote][p][bold]The Cater Wood Creeper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trainman[/bold] wrote: WHY are Essex County Council SO keen to see every bit of green built on, and with housing? Look at Dry Street, and how many times planning permission has been sought to RUIN this Beauty Spot with concrete & bricks? I may not live that way anymore, but I MOST sincerely hope the area is LEFT ALONE. We ALL know money speaks Many languages, but PLEASE leave some of the Beauty Spots ALONE?[/p][/quote]they are too frightened of losing their safe tory seats if they build anywhere in the borough other than Basildon, Billericay is sacred ground so the folk south of the Arterial suffer.....[/p][/quote]Do you understand the difference between County Council and District Council? hothead
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9:27pm Fri 3 Aug 12

hothead says...

As a resident of Bowers Gifford, I find it hard to accept the term village being applied to the area where I live, but to apply ot to Vange takes lunacy to a different dimension. Village ---- my arse...
As a resident of Bowers Gifford, I find it hard to accept the term village being applied to the area where I live, but to apply ot to Vange takes lunacy to a different dimension. Village ---- my arse... hothead
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12:38pm Thu 9 Aug 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

Another beautiful, warm sunny sumer's morning in the middle of the school holidays and yet again at about eleven o'clock this morning not a single kid over there playing or anone using the open space in any way at all. In fact there was one solitary figure to be seen strolling across this 'much valued' open space - me!
Another beautiful, warm sunny sumer's morning in the middle of the school holidays and yet again at about eleven o'clock this morning not a single kid over there playing or anone using the open space in any way at all. In fact there was one solitary figure to be seen strolling across this 'much valued' open space - me! The Cater Wood Creeper
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