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  1. Hi I've lived near the park for over 20 years. Friends who come to visit from well outside the area often go there for a walk. Just joined in on this topic. Sorry if this sounds a bit serious, trust me, I'm a fun guy really. I Read the report and looked at the maps. Regardless of any private property issues, if we are not careful, we are going to lose vast swathes of the park. For the record:- The new road from the Red Bridge will run down a designated urban greenway, listed as such in the WBC Unitary Development Plan. I suspect this needs a vote in council to change, but I could be wrong. Twig and Bog Woods by the pond / canal belong to the Woodland Trust and are Semi Ancient Woodland. They are also listed in the UDP. Support the Woodland Trust! They will not want this development. Ladies Walk Wood (runs from the Maze area up the back of Shackleton Close) is also owned by the Woodland Trust. The Warrington and Co report does state that 'access will be restricted to protect the investments'. The Right of Way along Camp Road has already been lost. What else will we lose? I would suggest that all who are able make full use of the park and woodlands when the weather is fine. Be seen. Talk to other users / dog walkers / cyclists etc. Make sure everyone is aware of what is planned. Listen for the woodpeckers (near the Old Hall), see if you can spot the Herons or the Buzzards. Enjoy the facility and you might just get to keep it. The time to object has already arrived, even before any planning application is made. This plan is big and ambitious, and is supported by some equally big financial and political egos. Blogging, Facebooking and Petitioning will not make the slightest bit of difference. Individuals need to make their views known, in writing (the old fashioned way, with a pen, on a piece of paper) and send the letter to their local councillor, the mayor and especially the planning department. If this development once gets off the ground, it's flying, and no amount of Flak will bring it down. OK, I'm getting down off my soapbox now. But I haven't gone away! Oldhall Resident
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