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Newcastle-under-Lyme residents oppose green spaces sale
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A group of residents in Newcastle-under-Lyme want to stop the council selling off their green spaces.

The authority has drawn up proposals to sell off land - with outline planning permission - in different parts of the borough.

The four sites initially earmarked for sale are in the Westlands, Bradwell, Chesterton and Talke.

It is thought the move will save taxpayers money and bring in capital to spend in the future.

Robin Studd, the deputy leader of Newcastle Borough Council, said: "The government's recent financial settlements require authorities to look for other sources of income."

'Too much green space'

"We have a number of assets of this kind in the borough which we've actually been told by the Audit Commission we ought to use. They say we've got far too much green space," added Mr Studd.

But some residents say they are furious at council plans to sell off green spaces.

Belinda Mifflin, who lives near to one of the proposed sites in the Westlands, says they do not want land to be sold off.

Ms Mifflin said: "Everyone is up in arms about it. This is our green, open, public space and our amenity."

The authority insists that it is keen to listen to anyone affected before any final decisions are made.




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