For the second time in under 12 months Whitchurch has come top in a UK-wide vote!
In aiming to protect Daniel Park as open space in perpetuity Whitchurch has logged more votes than anywhere else in the country!

The BMX track

This is yet another tremendous recognition of the growing community spirit within the town.

The Park will become one of 2,012 Queen Elizabeth II Fields to be protected as a permanent living legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Strong local campaigning
It had been added to the original list by Whitchurch Councillor Keith Watts to ensure that it had a chance for selection. Following strong local campaigning including this website’s drive to obtain votes, it gained the highest number of votes not just in this area but also in the whole of the UK.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has told us that:

“The outcome will be that Daniel Park will be protected as open space into the future. This will be achieved via a legal agreement between the Fields in Trust and BDBC and will involve legal and property advices.”

The new QEII Field includes a skatepark, a BMX Track and a large area of grassland crossed by wide paths connecting with the Mill Trail to The Hangings, Bere Mill and Laverstoke.

The patron of the QEII Fields Challenge is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. In winning this challenge, local people have ensured that the space off Daniel Road in Whitchurch will be guaranteed for future generations.

Proposal
Whitchurch Councillors Eric Dunlop and Keith Watts are now to propose the following motion at the Full Council meeting of Basingstoke & Deane Borough on Thursday 15th December:

“Council congratulates Whitchurch for winning the ballot to have a recreational space designated a Queen Elizabeth II Field, one of 2,012 in the country to be protected as a permanent living legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Following last year’s success in winning the national Race to Infinity for high speed broadband, this confirms the reputation of Whitchurch as a lively centre of positive community spirit.

Council pledges to honour the spirit of the QEII Fields Challenge, whose patron is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to ensure that this space is guaranteed for future generations. A joint panel of Members and Officers will be convened to oversee the implementation of that pledge and to prepare for a celebration to take place on the new Queen Elizabeth Field, Whitchurch, on or near the date of the Diamond Jubilee in early June 2012.”

This is another brilliant win for the town.
The people of Whitchurch and our local councillors should be proud!

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