DON'T FENCE US OUT
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We request Leicester City Council defer any planning decision to erect fencing on the Riverside Playing Field site (now Ellesmere College) until a full review of the needs of the Rowley Fields community to access safe green space (as identified by the council’s own report as an area lacking in green space) takes place.
This fence will create a barrier and deny families and individuals from over 400 homes access to safe green space. The former Riverside playing field has been in community use for nearly forty years and two generations of local families have enjoyed this safe space.
We also ask that a full analysis of the personal safety and security implications that creating an alleyway will have on the community and the homes backing onto the site.
We further request that there is a review of the possible conflict of interest there might be of two school governors. They are also on the committee of the Guru Nanak Football Club who lease the all weather and grass pitches and clubhouse on the playing field. The current proposal will give the club access throughout the year but the college would only benefit from the proposal a maximum of 180 days a year (realistically more likely to be a few days during the warmer summer term). The football club has had issues with children, young people and adult males climbing over their fencing onto the all weather pitch when it is not in use by the club and this fence would provide them with additional security.
Finally we ask that a full review of the entire way the supposed community consultations have been managed by various city council departments and individuals since 2011 as many assurances have been given but not fulfilled. There has been no continuity or structured overseeing of the process or any accountability as those in charge are always changing.
We think it is time the council looked at the bigger picture, how this decision will impact on an entire estate; the health and well being of individuals; the personal safety of users and the knock on negative effects this decision will have for future generations living in this community.
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