(last update Thurs 20th December)

Well, it appears we've won! After packing out the
District Assembly in a show of strength and amongst bizarre scenes, the elected officials voted to defeat the plan to introduce parking on our Green. More details to follow in the blog posts.
Thank you for visiting our blog. We are campaigning to protect a small village green (Temperance Green) from being tarmaced over to provide more parking spaces.

You can watch our video and then vote (vote now closed) and contribute to the blogposts shown below (The most recent are at the top, or you can navigate with the links, also on your right, below the vote).

Why are we objecting?

This delightful green is a vital asset to our village and should remain as an open piece of land for the enjoyment of all.
- It is a well used, safe, informal play space for young kids, benefiting from being overlooked by adjacent houses
- It is an important element in creating the attractive character of this corner of our village
- It contains a variety of trees, some of which were planted as memorials to past residents and neighbours
- It forms part of the rural village setting to adjacent listed buildings
- It’s purpose has always been to provide an informal area of open green space for residents and visitors.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Catching Up

A few things had happened prior to creating this blog. I'll summarise a few here:

Some months ago - The problem of the odd car being parked on the grass of Temperance Green was raised at a District Assembly meeting (although nothing is reported in as yet published minutes).

2 weeks ago
- Rumours started circulating that there was a 'plan' to turn Temperance Green into a car park.

1 week ago
- No12 spoke with local councillor Sean Parker-Perry (SPP). SPP confirmed it was under consideration but that no drawings / plans currently existed (although there was talk of a 'sketch' which he would forward to No12. "The plan would be discussed at the 13th Dec District Assembly and a decision would be taken".

3 days ago - Two Council workers visited the Green to "measure-up and come up with some ideas". When No12 asked how many cars they could fit on, they gave him a total of 18 (!).....9 on the Temperance Street side, 7 on the Bostock Road side and 3 on the Old Street side.

This is how we fear Temperance Green may end-up

2 days ago - An impromptu meeting saw 7 of the local residents discussing the plans on a cold afternoon. A petition was started and a decision to attend the councillors surgery the next day was taken.

- 10+ local residents attended the surgery with councillor Jonathan Reynolds. Jonathan listed to the wide-ranging objections. One of the residents had even produced professional drawings which will put the official 'sketch' (if it ever existed) to shame. The most important discovery was that the 'plan' flies in the face of many of the Council's own policies, so it will be interesting to see how they justify their action. It seems there will be quite a fight...........


Tameside Eye said...

I wouldn't rely on Councillor Parker-Perry or Jonathan Reynolds. Both are tarmac jockeys in favour of the Mottram Bypass.



naturewatcher said...

Have you been door-to-door? I'm sure if you did that the whole village would sign, which would make it much tougher for the Council/Councillors to push this mad scheme through.

Is there an online version of the petition to sign?

No12 said...

Hi Naturewatcher, thanks for your comments. Unfortunatley I don't know how to add an on-line petition. The vote is building which helps a little. I'll gather the latest numbers on the various paper petitions (no 8 / Post office etc) and update the website this weekend. Thanks for your support & interest, PETER.

Anonymous said...

Well I wouldn't rely on tameside eye Liam Billington, Stalker and pest. Perry sent the police round to him.