MEP JOINS CAMPAIGN TO SAVE SCHOOL PLAYING FIELD
LUCAS VISIT HAVANT SITE THREATENED BY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Event: PHOTOCALL: Caroline Lucas MEP visits threatened playing
Place: Jct. Waterloo Road and Fairfield Road, Havant, Hants
Time: Friday, March 3rd, 4pm
EURO-MP Caroline Lucas has joined the fight to prevent a housing development
destroying a Havant nature reserve – and yet another school playing field.
The Hampshire Council-owned site, adjacent to Fairfield Road, currently
forms a nature reserve maintained by Fairfield Primary School and part of
the playing fields used by nearby Warblington School.
But it has been earmarked for housing development by Havant Council, despite
local opposition. The planned development would see the playing fields
reduced by a third and the complete destruction of the nature reserve.
Dr Lucas, Hampshire’s Green Party MEP, said: “With levels of childhood
obesity spiralling out of control, due in part to schoolchildren’s
increasingly sedentary lifestyles, it is madness to sell off school playing
“Building housing on the Warblington Playing Fields site will have a direct
impact on the standard of education offered at both schools and the lost
green space will have a negative effect on the local community as a whole.
New housing construction will place a greater drain on already scarce
community facilities and natural resources – and a proposed new road layout
with a new junction just feet away from one of the busiest level crossings
in the country.”
The MEP has joined local Green Party members, conservationists and community
activists in calling on Havant Council to reverse its decision and
re-designate the site as protected green space. She will meet local
campaigners during her visit to the site on Friday.
Portsmouth and South-East Hampshire Green party spokesperson Tim Dawes, who
will be conducting the site visit, added: “Despite assurances from the
Government that it would halt the sale of school playing fields, they are
being sold off all over the country – and Hampshire leads the way
nationally, with 42 playing fields either sold off or under threat.
“This is madness. Once developed, these green lungs within our town centres
cannot easily be replaced. The few remaining urban green spaces in crowded
south Hampshire, especially those already in public ownership, must be
protected and preserved for future generations.”