Save the Dosthill Broom now before it's too late

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The playing field known as the  Dosthill Broom, is the only safe green space in the heart of the village. It is also the main walking route for many people walking/cycling to shops, school, church, doctors/dental surgery etc. and generally walking from one side of the village to the other. We are fighting for a safe route for our children to go to school.

 The Dosthill community face losing the Broom  if Staffordshire County Council Charities and Trust Committee transfer ownership to the School .This is WITHOUT ANY PUBLIC CONSULTATION.  This will lead to no access from School Lane and reduce the  green space enjoyed by many families.

In 1929 the land known as the Broom was donated to the people of Dosthill . Since then the land has been used as of right by families, children and individuals for playing sport, walking, exercising dogs, , football, cycling, picnics, collecting and playing conkers, group activities (e.g.Brownies, Scouts, Dosthill Church choir) and observing the wildlife. A variety of birds, grey squirrels and bats can be seen at various times of the year. I saw my first fieldfare in the Broom some years ago.

Over the years various groups have maintained and improved the Broom, particularly the top entrance where there are a wide variety of plants and trees. The flowers have been used for flower arrangements in Church in the past.One particular tree has a  TPO to protect it.  

This year the Two Gates and Dosthill Residents Association and volunteers worked hard to enter the Broom in the 'Tamworth in Bloom' competition. They have replaced some of the old trees and plan to plant many more. They also raised money to reinstate the benches at the top end. 

Please support this petition.

We need to know why the Broom is being given away without public consultation.  We seek an assurance that there will be a wide footpath/cycle path for access from School Lane and all the way around  the Broom (Footpath 80) . We want to keep a green open space that can be enjoyed by everyone in the community and which is safely accessed from all directions. 

 



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