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Park housing plan meets protests

Park land in a Nottinghamshire town could be sacrificed to fund a sports hall, residents fear.

In 2005, plans for sports facilities in Berry Hill park in Mansfield fell through after Sport England withdrew 1.5m of lottery money.

Reports that park trustees have discussed plans with a housing firm have upset residents.

But the trustees say nothing has been finalised and they will be meeting with residents to discuss ideas.

Smaller scale

The park, which is the largest in Mansfield, has football pitches and an athletics track and hosts cross-country races.

The news that talks with a developer have taken place have already provoked protests in the park.

Mansfield district councillor Stephen Garner has started a campaign against any new housing.

He said: "A leisure centre of smaller proportions, where all the community around here could use it, I think that would suffice.

"I don't think we need a monster place to put Mansfield on the map."

He added that he had already received more than 700 objections from residents.

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