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Let Local People Decide on Sell-Offs

Local people should have the final say before any green space is sold off. That’s the view of Labour MP for Bristol South Dawn Primarolo, who has submitted a statement to Full Council urging councillors to refer any green space ear-marked for sale to neighbourhood partnerships for a final decision.

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Tomorrow’s Full Council meeting will consider a report of the Parks and Green Spaces Working Group with two options on the table. The Labour and Conservative members of the Group have put aside party differences to unite behind a proposal which would let neighbourhood partnerships decide on any sales. The Liberal Democrat and Green members have called for 38 sites to be sold without any further discussion or consultation. One of these sites is Salcombe Road Rec in Knowle. Despite a petition of 465 local people uniting against the sale, Lib Dem and Green Councillors want to send the diggers in.

 

Commenting, Dawn said: “Local people have been fighting these sell-offs for months. My constituents in Knowle don’t want to lose some of their park with no guarantee that they will see any improvements in their area. The Lib Dems have been forced to think again, but their proposals do not go far enough. With nearly 500 people protesting against the Salcombe Road sell-off, selling it off immediately would be an absolute disgrace.

 

Neighbourhood partnerships were set up to give local people more of a say in their areas. This is exactly the sort of decision they should be taking – the Lib Dems and Greens need to admit they were wrong and ask the people what they think.”

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