Protect the public open spaces of Basildon, Billericay and Wickford
Basildon has been losing its public open spaces to housing development. A part of Gloucester Park has gone and so has a green space off Ballard’s walk in Laindon and open space by Radwinter Avenue in Wickford. Other areas such as the fields off Kent view Road in Vange have survived only because of local opposition. What is the next target on the list? Victoria Park in Laindon, Northlands Park in Pitsea, Lake Meadows in Billericay, Nevendon Rd. Recreation Ground in Wickford? These green spaces are not an optional extra. They are needed for recreation and for the protection of wildlife. Without them the health and well-being of residents will suffer. Once they are built on they cannot be brought back. They must be given a high level of protection to ensure that they are not lost to future generations.
Basildon Borough Council has mapped out all the remaining public open spaces in Basildon, Billericay and Wickford as part of its emerging Draft Local Plan (Policy HC5 and Appendix 5), but they are proposing to give them a low level of protection that could make it easy to sell them off for development. We call on Basildon Council to designate ALL the public open spaces within the urban areas of Basildon Borough as Local Green Spaces in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework paragraphs 76-78, giving them the level of protection they need. This must be included as a policy of the Basildon Local Plan which will be voted on by Basildon Councillors around March 2017.
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