Saved green is big success

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The secretary of Tilgate Forum said a communal green which was saved from development has become more popular.

Residents were delighted after councillors withdrew the sale of a communal green near Ely Close, Tilgate, last September. They had been fighting to save it from being turned into 18 homes for years.

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Sylvia Handy of Tilgate Forum said: “It’s been great, the field, I believe, has got more usage now, more people have become aware of it and I think the local residents are making more use of it themselves and planning ahead.”

She said people planned to plant wildflowers, trees and install seating on the green.

A group of 30 people had cut back brambles, shrubs and cleared rubbish in July.

Crawley Borough Council and Let’s Face (Focus Action for Crawley’s Environment) it! provided tools and safety equipment.

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Further clean up days were being planned and bulbs will be planted in the autumn.

Loud cheers sounded from the town hall after the council’s cabinet voted against the sale.

Father-of-two Steve Butler, of Oxford Road, whose home backs on to the green, said: “It’s just a big sigh of relief for after three years of fighting this finally we’ve got closure.”

Councillors said the decision was due to strong local opposition and large housing projects offsetting the benefits of the development.

The cabinet first proposed the green and a linked site in Lark Rise, Langley Green, for affordable housing in 2009.

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