Stoke & Staffordshire

Green spaces sale plans reviewed in Staffordshire

A group has been set up to look again at plans to sell off green spaces in part of Staffordshire.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council started a review after about 2,500 people signed a petition in opposition to proposals relating to seven sites.

A scrutiny group has been established and four meetings have been planned from 24 May to 6 July.

The Save Our Green Spaces campaign said it could not see that four meetings would be sufficient.

Belinda Mifflin, a member of the campaign, added: "I've been involved in scrutiny process before and something of this magnitude with the scope that they've agreed could take six months."

Plans relate to three sites in Westlands and one each in Bradwell, Kidsgrove, Chesterton and Talke.

Each meeting will have a theme - planning policy, green spaces, housing needs and asset management.

Residents' groups would be given opportunities at each of the meetings to make their views known and they would be open to the public, the council said.

The authority added it was also agreed by councillors that protest groups would have an opportunity to present information at the green spaces session and visits would take place to all seven sites.

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