Community group hold Easter egg hunt to raise awareness for loss of green belt - The Solihull Observer

Community group hold Easter egg hunt to raise awareness for loss of green belt

Solihull Editorial 29th Mar, 2018   0

AN EASTER Egg Hunt was held in support of protecting the disputed green fields in Shirley South.

The South Solihull Community Group staged the day of chocolate fuelled ‘inv-egg-stigation’ on Sunday (March 25).

The hunt took place on the much contested ‘site 13’ which is earmarked for future housing development by Solihull Council.

A total of 60 children and adults turned out to enjoy an Easter walk on an area of the green belt that could be lost after a proposed 2,500 houses are constructed.

The group complains this is a disproportionate burden for their community to bear.

It rejects what it describes as plans to turn site 13 into a “concrete jungle”.

The group claim the site is used by all ages and particularly dog walkers and disabled people who can access this green belt land.

It says there are precious few other amenities in Shirley and the size of Shirley park has already been reduced.

The group has nearly 800 members on Facebook and has amassed over 1,400 signatures in their petition protesting the Local Plan.

A group spokesperson: “The use of this facility will be sadly missed if Solihull council gets its way and builds the enormous number of homes on it that they plan.

“The loss of such a community facility is a travesty and it can seen from the photo the pleasure on the children and adults faces taking part in this Easter Egg Hunt.

“We would urge the residents of Shirley to help by signing our petition if they have not already done so and getting in touch with the SSCG via their web site or Facebook page if they can help in any way.”

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