RESIDENTS in north Leeds are being urged to join a renewed fight to save a community green space.
MP for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, will write to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to ask him to call in a decision on the future of the Victoria Road playing field, and is urging locals to do the same.
As previously reported in the YEP, council bosses have been facing a growing backlash over the decision by planning chiefs to approve plans for housing and a supermarket on the former Leeds Girls’ High School site in Headingley.
The decision earlier this week followed a seven-year battle by local campaigners and ward councillors to retain the land for use by the community.
A last-minute bid by campaigners to get the school field part of the site listed as a community asset did not convince councillors.
Despite expressing sympathy with residents, councillors at the meeting said their hands were effectively tied by potentially costly legal implications for the authority of refusing the application.
The Asset of Community Value application is still to be decided on.
Mr Mullholland said: “The battle is not yet over, and hopefully the Secretary of State will overturn the recent decision and help us take this opportunity to save the much-needed playfield for future generations.”
Local resident and campaigner Sue Buckle said: “We certainly aren’t accepting what has happened without a fight because it is so totally wrong.
“The area is short of sports facilities and with this and the Royal Park School situation we feel like the community isn’t being heard.
“It’s Hyde Park’s last chance for the five local schools and the community to get the sports facilities and green space they need.”