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Campaigners hope to install picnic benches on Roughfields

Halina Billingham (left) and Padfield borough councillor Ollie Cross.

A campaign group to save a green space in Hadfield is hoping to get picnic benches installed in their bid to save the area from a housing development.

Halina Billingham, campaign manager of 'Save Roughfields', said: “Lots of locals already use the area for dog walking and other activities. Now with the better weather coming, we’d like to increase the facilities available and provide picnic benches so people have somewhere to eat and drink.”

High Peak Borough Council has included Roughfields in their Accelerated Housing Delivery Programme, with the apparent intention of selling the land to a private developer. If this goes ahead then more than 200 houses could be built.

‘Save Roughfields’ has already sent out an official Letter of Petition to local councillors and High Peak Economy and Growth Committee to formally state its case against any possible development.

The group also wants Roughfields taking off the borough council’s 2016 Local Plan, which says the Padfield Main Road site is earmarked for new homes.

The Save Roughfields Facebook page has published a post saying: “We are delighted to tell you that Save Roughfields & Cllr Ollie Cross had a very positive meeting earlier this week with HPBC who have given us an in principal agreement to go ahead with getting picnic tables. A massive shout out to HPBC for being open and willing to engage with our community group - thank you!”

Now the group is working to source the tables and is looking for someone who is willing to maintain them.

If you can help, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1349250408749425

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