Calls to protest Eastliegh Recreation Ground

The ‘Rescue the Rec’ protesters.

The ‘Rescue the Rec’ protesters.

First published in Environment Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

CIVIC bosses will be urged this week to formally protect the “last green lung” in the centre of Eastleigh.

Conservative councillor Judith Grajewski has proposed a motion to Eastleigh Borough Council to stop Leigh Road Recreation Ground being built on.

Part of the land, owned by the Liberal Democrat-controlled council, was recently threatened by development when Sainsbury’s announced it wanted to knock down its existing supermarket and build a bigger one, encroaching on to part of the park.

The plans sparked protests from residents who set up the campaign group Rescue the Rec.

The retail giant has since scrapped the proposals for financial reasons – but Councillor Grajewski says she wants the council to make a commitment to the recreation ground.

She said: “It’s a response to the strength of feeling and the amount of people in Eastleigh who feel that the land is theirs and that it was given to them.

“The council would have been able to give permission for the Sainsbury’s to be built, but just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.

“I think it’s a green lung in the centre of Eastleigh and we’re building everywhere and taking green space.

“The way things are going people will have to travel to get to any green space – when it should be on their doorstep.

“I think if the motion is passed it will certainly strengthen the case for it being protected.”

The recreation ground was created in 1896 from Little Eastleigh Farm and was originally known as the Cricket Field.

Parts of it have been developed over the years – including when Sainsbury’s was originally built and when The Point was extended.

Councillor Grajewski’s motion proposes that the council “will resist all moves to develop any of the land for residential, commercial or other purposes deemed not to be recreational and in keeping with the present character of the facility.”

It will be debated at a full council meeting tomorrow at the Civic Offices in Leigh Road from 7pm.

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1:04pm Wed 17 Oct 12

sarfhamton says...

Protect the Rec, i used to drink white cider there as a young man and it holds great memories.
Protect the Rec, i used to drink white cider there as a young man and it holds great memories. sarfhamton
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1:20pm Wed 17 Oct 12

stuartjebbitt says...

Finally a councillor with a bit of sense, who remembers that they are there to serve the interests of the people of Eastleigh, not giant supermarkets or developers.
If Sainsbury's want to smarten and expand their store they can do so quite easily without encroachment into the park - there are clever folk called architects who can sort this for them.
Finally a councillor with a bit of sense, who remembers that they are there to serve the interests of the people of Eastleigh, not giant supermarkets or developers. If Sainsbury's want to smarten and expand their store they can do so quite easily without encroachment into the park - there are clever folk called architects who can sort this for them. stuartjebbitt
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1:20pm Wed 17 Oct 12

stuartjebbitt says...

Finally a councillor with a bit of sense, who remembers that they are there to serve the interests of the people of Eastleigh, not giant supermarkets or developers.
If Sainsbury's want to smarten and expand their store they can do so quite easily without encroachment into the park - there are clever folk called architects who can sort this for them.
Finally a councillor with a bit of sense, who remembers that they are there to serve the interests of the people of Eastleigh, not giant supermarkets or developers. If Sainsbury's want to smarten and expand their store they can do so quite easily without encroachment into the park - there are clever folk called architects who can sort this for them. stuartjebbitt
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1:20pm Wed 17 Oct 12

stuartjebbitt says...

Finally a councillor with a bit of sense, who remembers that they are there to serve the interests of the people of Eastleigh, not giant supermarkets or developers.
If Sainsbury's want to smarten and expand their store they can do so quite easily without encroachment into the park - there are clever folk called architects who can sort this for them.
Finally a councillor with a bit of sense, who remembers that they are there to serve the interests of the people of Eastleigh, not giant supermarkets or developers. If Sainsbury's want to smarten and expand their store they can do so quite easily without encroachment into the park - there are clever folk called architects who can sort this for them. stuartjebbitt
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2:10pm Wed 17 Oct 12

saint61 says...

should have kept the golf course, me thinks a lack of forward thinking here
should have kept the golf course, me thinks a lack of forward thinking here saint61
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3:27pm Wed 17 Oct 12

ottred says...

But the lib dems just love building in eastleigh, the thought of collecting all that council tax makes them dribble down their chins. They wont be happy til every square inch of eastleigh is covered in blocks of pokey flats & houses. At an avergae of what, 400 quid a year at a guess? Ker-ching!
But the lib dems just love building in eastleigh, the thought of collecting all that council tax makes them dribble down their chins. They wont be happy til every square inch of eastleigh is covered in blocks of pokey flats & houses. At an avergae of what, 400 quid a year at a guess? Ker-ching! ottred
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4:57pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Niel says...

ottred wrote:
But the lib dems just love building in eastleigh, the thought of collecting all that council tax makes them dribble down their chins. They wont be happy til every square inch of eastleigh is covered in blocks of pokey flats & houses. At an avergae of what, 400 quid a year at a guess? Ker-ching!
Add in the friendships with builders and build to let operators...
[quote][p][bold]ottred[/bold] wrote: But the lib dems just love building in eastleigh, the thought of collecting all that council tax makes them dribble down their chins. They wont be happy til every square inch of eastleigh is covered in blocks of pokey flats & houses. At an avergae of what, 400 quid a year at a guess? Ker-ching![/p][/quote]Add in the friendships with builders and build to let operators... Niel
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6:33pm Wed 17 Oct 12

stuartjebbitt says...

ottred wrote:
But the lib dems just love building in eastleigh, the thought of collecting all that council tax makes them dribble down their chins. They wont be happy til every square inch of eastleigh is covered in blocks of pokey flats & houses. At an avergae of what, 400 quid a year at a guess? Ker-ching!
Then they can spend it on vanity projects such as a £30m hotel at the Rose Bowl.
So much better when it's not you're own money you are risking.
[quote][p][bold]ottred[/bold] wrote: But the lib dems just love building in eastleigh, the thought of collecting all that council tax makes them dribble down their chins. They wont be happy til every square inch of eastleigh is covered in blocks of pokey flats & houses. At an avergae of what, 400 quid a year at a guess? Ker-ching![/p][/quote]Then they can spend it on vanity projects such as a £30m hotel at the Rose Bowl. So much better when it's not you're own money you are risking. stuartjebbitt
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