There was much anger being expressed at Daniel Park this morning as local residents met to see exactly where Basingstoke Council are wishing to allocate land for a highway across Daniel Park.
Over 40 people gathered together with local Borough and Town Councillors at the entrance to the Park.
Last year Whitchurch more votes than anywhere else for Daniel Park to remain as Open Space in perpetuity as a Queen Elizabeth II Field, in celebration of the her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. The national scheme was being administered by the charity Fields in Trust.Officers propose road
Now officers from Basingstoke Council are presenting a report requesting that a 20 metre strip through the Park is excluded as they may wish to build an access road to 200 houses.
Such a road as well as adversely affecting local properties would almost certainly impact upon the park’s football area and other facilities as well as creating more traffic on Alliston Road and at the notorious Micheldever Road junction.
However, a spokesperson for the Borough Council told this website only this week that:
“no plans for a road have been put forward”
The report being presented next Tuesday states:
“If sufficient land is not excluded from the deed of dedication of Daniel Park, the council would have to seek the formal consent of the FiT to construct an access road.”
Campaigners say the latter is a clear intention of plans for a road and contradicts the public statement.
One resident stated:
What angers me is the duplicitous way that the BDBC and Fields in Trust have deliberately misled the residents of Whitchurch. It is a total and utter breach of trust. Is it any wonder why people distrust their borough councils when they act in this manner.
Local residents have also contacted Prince William as Patron of the Queen Elizabeth II scheme for support.Meeting on Tuesday
Local Borough Councillor Keith Watts who has inexplicably been kept in the dark over the Council officers’ plans is urging residents to attend the Committee Meeting next Tuesday, March 6th at the Basingstoke Civic Offices to show their displeasure at the present situation.
The meeting commences at 6.30pm in Deanes Building at the Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke.