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St Matthews green space at Truro Place could become community park

Posted on - 7th April, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, Housing, News, St Matthews
The grassy area is known as Paul's Pad by locals

The grassy area is known as Paul’s Pad by locals

A community group is lobbying a local housing association not to build on an area of green space.

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In a letter seen by Blog Preston the Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews argue the area known as locally as Paul’s Pad shouldn’t have houses built on it.

The Friends group said a recent local survey, completed ahead of their Big Lottery grant, found local residents wanted more safe areas where children could play.

Truro Place has a pending planning application from Gateway to build 16 two bedroom homes and two two-bedroom bungalows.

They write: “Through match funding and The Big Lottery grant, Pauls Pad if converted into a small park, could improve the quality of life for all our local residents and children.

“It is a major aim of FOFS to improve the environment in the two wards in order to improve the health and wellbeing of residents.

“Converting Paul’s Pad into a small grassed recreational area would go a long way to achieving this objective.”

“This is a golden opportunity to give this community the opportunity to take control of their neighbourhood and be a part of developing and improving their environment. Your organisation and ours, are in an ideal position to achieve this.”

The Community Gateway Association’s board have received the letter and could now vote to withdraw the planning application.

A Community Gateway spokesman said: “We have been asked to submit their suggestion at our next board meeting which we are happy to do.

“A full reply will be sent to the group after this has happened.”

Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews are working to receive government funding through the Big Lottery to work with local residents on improving the local area.

Do you live in the area? What do you think about the Friends group request? Let us know in the comments below

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