Over the past twelve months I have worked hard, alongside County Councillors, and local groups to ensure that the playing fields are not sold along with the site, and I think it is welcome news that they will be protected and retained for recreational uses.
It is important that communities have green spaces and I am really glad that the area will benefit from the playing fields.
If the Community Association is to go with the school, I hope that it will relocate to a nearby community centre, so that residents do not miss out.
The site itself has been earmarked for development for some time, and I hope that whatever the site is developed into is done so with consultation with the local community.
I think it is particularly important that the local community is given a say on the type and nature of housing on the site and what any planning gain money that derives from it should be spent on.