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Future of Rowley Fields up for discussion

Matthew Brown 10th Nov, 2016

ROWLEY Fields is the subject of a survey after controversial plans were scrapped last year.

The Stratford Town Trust is looking for members’ views about the future of the land it owns at Benson Road and Rowley Fields.

They are launching the survey to gather opinions as to what it should do with the Fields after abandoning plans to sell off an eight acre parcel of land for housing after public outcry earlier last year.

The trust say they are committed to retaining Rowley Fields as recreational space but are keen to gather feedback from members on what activities should be undertaken there.

Views are also being sought on the future of 7 Benson Road and a small parcel of land to the back of the house – which the trust purchased for £500,000 in 2014. Earlier this year Stratford District Council rejected a planning application to demolish the house and build up to five homes.

Alan Haigh, chairman of Stratford Town Trust said: “At our AGM in July we pledged to survey our membership before making any further decisions in relation to Benson Road – and we are now acting on that commitment”.

Roger Holbeche from Rowley Fields Forever said they were happy with the consultation but that they still want the land to remain untouched.

He told the Observer: “The mood of every consultation they’ve ever had was this is critical green land around the centre of the town.

“It has always been what the members have wanted them to do and the message should have been loud and clear and got through.”

Visit www.research.net/r/STTMembershipsurvey by December 1 to access the survey.

Results will be published on December 8 with the decision announced at the end of December.

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