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Save Fearnville Playing Fields (East leeds)

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Leeds City Council proposes to build a 1200 Capacity Secondary Free school on Fearnville Fields .The council also proposes to reallocate Fearnville Leisure Centre to the South side of the fields. This would represent a vital loss of recreational space to the local community of East Leeds.

We are opposed to the proposal and feel that the consultation was rushed and inadequate with some of the residents in the local community only finding out about the consultation at very short notice and with barely anytime to submit their concerns and comments.

As such we believe the proposal should not go ahead as consideration has not been give of the following points:

  • There is a shortage of local green spaces, with many fields having recently been redeveloped as housing. The fields; originally known as King George V playing fields and are held under a deed of dedication and are held in trust in perpetuity for the people of east Leeds to use for sports and recreation. We strongly feel they should remain this way.
  • The proposal to build a new school is made using only a planning assumption that existing secondary schools will be at full capacity.
    No consideration has been given to the increase in traffic on Foundry Lane & Oakwood Lane.
  • Serious consideration has not been given to the potential increase in air pollution and impact on air quality in the local area.
  • Flooding has been an issue for residents in this area and development to the field has the potential to increase the risk of flooding for local houses and residents.
  • No consideration has been given to the impact on the diverse ecology of Wykebeck Valley and Killingbeck.
  • There are already two secondary education providers within the area that we feel should be supported, improved and extended. One of the academy is less than 1KM from the site of the proposed academy.
  • We fully support the re-development of Fearnville Sports Centre within its original location and the facilities that it provides. We do not support its relocation to the South side of the playing fields and believe it should remain in its original location.
  • The proposals essentially mean that the Leeds City Council will fund the building of the school, which will then be handed over to an academy chain.
  • Richard Burgon, MP for Leeds East has meet with local residents and wrote to Leeds City Council regarding a number of concerns with the proposal. Richard is understanding and supportive of concerns of the local residents.


This petition will be delivered to:

Leeds City Council

Councillor Judith Blake - Leader of Council

Steve Walker - Director of Children and Families


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