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Please reconsider the development of fire stations on stolen greenbelt land

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Bowden Houstead Field is not ex-industrial land, is not wasteland nor is it worthless scrub. Bowden Houstead Field is stolen greenbelt land that belongs to the people of Sheffield. Bowden Houstread Field is an environmentally important part of Bowden Houstead Nature Reserve.

Bowden Houstread Field is home to one third of all British Butterfly species

Bowden Houstead Field is the hunting ground for several species of British Bats that are protected by law.

Bowden Houstead Field is home to many species of birds as well as reptiles and amphibians, insects and spiders.

Bowden Houstead Field does not have access to the local sewerage system and even if it did the local sewerage systen does not have the capacity to deal with either the tainted run-off from a fire station or the extra surface water that would be generated via the hard standing.

This means that the development of Bowden Houstead Field would need to incorporate several design features that would drive the cost of this development higher than it need be and as this development would be funded via Sheffield Council Tax and at a time when Sheffield Council is cutting front-line services as a result of a drop in Central Government funding this is not the time for extravagant "vanity projects".

It is my belief that there are numerous other brownfield sites where this development could be carried out for far less money with the aditional bonus of zero negative impact on the ever dwindling greenfield sites that make Sheffield the City that it is.


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