Haughton Green residents battle to save Two Tree Playing Fields
Thursday 2nd June 2016 @ 15:03 by Adam Higgins
Denton & Audenshaw

Residents from Haughton Green were out in force on Saturday to call for Two Trees Playing Fields on Two Trees Lane to be saved from any future development.

The green space was formerly part of Two Trees Sports College but is now owned by Tameside Council.

Carl Simmons, who stood as an Independent in May’s local Tameside elections, and his wife Eleanor Simmons, arranged the gathering, supported by some 60 residents.

Eleanor said: “Residents living in Haughton Green and the surrounding areas are worried that there are radical plans to redevelop the school fields.”

In his election campaign, Carl called for all green spaces in Haughton Green to be protected.

“We are facing the prospect of losing…these beautiful fields on the site of Two Trees. I am against any building on the fields of the former Two Trees High School,” he said.

“All the green areas of Haughton Green and the Yew Tree estate must be preserved to be enjoyed by our local community.”

Residents say traffic is already heavily congested in and out of the village, especially during rush hours. They say they fear traffic would be much worse if a huge housing estate is built on the land.

Margaret Smethurst, from Haughton Green, has been campaigning about the issue for the last five months and has set up an on-line and paper petition.

The petition can be found at www.change.org. LEAVE GREEN FIELDS OF TWO TREES SCHOOL ALONE.

So far the petition has had 1,400 signatures with part of the petition handed to MP Andrew Gwynne, which he has passed on to the Secretary of State for Education.

Newly elected councillor for Denton South, George Newton, said: “The Denton South Councillors wish to reaffirm our promise to take the strong views of the community to the council.

“Councillors Claire Reid, Mike Fowler and myself recognise the strength of feeling
regarding Two Trees and its future and we’ll be pushing the council for answers and representing our community at every available opportunity.

“We look forward to our public surgery of Tuesday, June 7, at 8pm at the Oasis Venue.”