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Simpsons protest at school site

Protesters against a planned academy school on a site known as Springfield have been marching on the land dressed as characters from TV's The Simpsons.

The campaigners believe the site in Adderley Green, Stoke-on-Trent, should be preserved because it is an open space used for recreation by residents.

It shares its name with the home town of characters in the US comedy show.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council said it was listening to residents and understood their concerns.

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Brett Hill, who lives next to the site with his family, said: "There are other sites which are quite local to this vicinity which isn't going to affect all the green land and all the wildlife and all the rest of it really.

"There's the place where the gasometer is over the road which is further set back so it could go there, or there's Mossfields Road.

"There's industrial units along there so they're not going to be destroying anything."

The council wants to merge schools across the city and replace them with new academies.

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