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The open space adjoining Lancaster Way

The society has objected to Northampton Borough Council’s plan to dispose of open space at Lancaster Way in Northampton. The council has advertised its intention to sell the land and is required to consider any representations (under section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972).

The council wants to use the open space on the north-west side of Lancaster Way as an access into adjoining residential development.

Says Kate Ashbrook, OSS general secretary: ‘We have argued that the council does not need to sacrifice this important open space in order to provide access to the new development. There is an alternative access available to the north from Leah Bank which should be used instead.

‘The open space at Lancaster Way is readily accessible to the public and is much used and enjoyed, particularly by children. There have been proposals to install play equipment here, and it is evidently valued by the community.

‘We trust the council will decide not to dispose of this vital piece of open space.’

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