Residents battle to stop new play area

RESIDENTS in Shaw Cross say they have been dumped on over plans for a £100,000 play area and sports court.
Kirklees Council wants to build the socalled MUGA – multiuse games area – next to the rugby pitches in Leeds Road, Shaw Cross.
More than 170 people have signed a petition against the plans, which go to the Heavy Woollen planning committee later this month.
An action group, the Friends of Shaw Cross Green Space, has been set up and residents claim they have been let down by their local councillors.
Robert Bradshaw, from the group, said no proper consultation had taken place and when they spoke to local Labour councillors Paul Kane and Cathy Scott their comments had been dismissed.
Mr Bradshaw said: “We feel we are having this development imposed on us because noone else will have it.
“The councillors have the funding and are desperate to use it before it is taken away.”
Mr Bradshaw said young mums with children and elderly people used the fields and would be intimidated by youths coming in and taking over existing play areas.
Fellow resident Stephen Newlove said he didn’t believe there were enough young people in the area to make the location viable.
He said: “I asked Coun Kane if he could tell me how many children live in this area and how many of them might use the MUGA.
“He either couldn’t or wouldn’t answer. That’s because I’m sure he knows most of those who live around Leeds Road tend to be older people.
“We’ve visited a MUGA in Mirfield and found it was full of litter and broken glass.
“The residents also told us there was a lot of antisocial behaviour. We don’t want that around here.”
Mr Newlove said the best place to build the MUGA would be Tetley’s Stadium in Owl Lane but he added: “The councillors don’t want to know.
“They’ve left it to us to talk to Dewsbury Rams.
“They seem quite keen but there isn’t a lot of time left before the planning meeting for us to work something out.”
Coun Kane could not be contacted this week but Coun Scott said she was supporting the residents and would be speaking on their behalf.

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