There is no money to maintain village green site

I refer to the ongoing campaign to prevent building new homes on the area of land to the north of Station Road in Cramlington (News Post Leader, December 26).

The main tactical focus is to gain village green status for the land, which is owned by Persimmon and Bellway, thus stopping any construction.

Historically the development of Cramlington was mapped out by William Leech and John T Bell during the 1960s and was carefully planned to incorporate adequate green space around the various housing estates.

Examples that come to mind are Valley Park and Alexandra Park to the south, Seven Oaks Park near the village, vast tracks of green areas around Beaconhill, a large swathe of green field directly behind Station Road leading to a wide green strip to the east of the proposed building site in Parkside, the large park area surrounding and including the former Nelson pit heap, and similar large parks in Northburn and the Eastfield estates.

Cramlington as an entity is surrounded by green belt and there are many smaller green areas in each estate.

The land earmarked by developers is nothing more than undeveloped scrub with unchecked undergrowth and hawthorn bushes predominating.

It is littered with discarded large diameter concrete drainage pipes and has a noisy, graffitied mine extraction building at its northern point.

It is hardly a pleasant piece of land.

It has none of the bucolic charm of a real village green, bordered by thatched cottages, a country pub or features such as a cricket pitch, ancient trees and pleasant walkways.

No, as part of the original plans of Cramlington, it was always earmarked for building on.

As such it will be tidied up with pleasant gardens and small public green areas, just like every other part of Cramlington, which, lets be perfectly honest, should never pretend to be anything other than a modern, well planned new town.

I ask the questions, “What will become of this land if planning permission is not granted with the resulting consequential investment? Is there substantial funding in Northumberland County Council’s coffers to tidy and properly maintain it year on year?” I don’t think so.

A pure case of NIMBYism, in my humble opinion.

Mr J Hill

Cramlington