Great turnout for green belt protection protest
Monday 3rd April 2017 12:21 Greater Manchester News Posted by Tom Greggan

Hundreds of people from across 37 groups attended a peaceful protest outside Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square on Saturday.

Local groups rallied together to highlight a strong objection to the potential building of homes on nearby Greenbelt and green space land.

An umbrella of groups dedicated to saving Greater Manchester’s Greenbelt are urging a rethink of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) plans to use greenbelt land for housing and industrial usage. The groups hope to block other plans by councils to sell off vital green spaces for development.

Harry and Jensen Ellison, aged 7 and 5, joined the protest to fight for the future of their green space in Dane Bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their view is that brownfield sites and local eyesore areas should be redeveloped as a priority to create affordable houses close to schools and transport links. Tameside groups were well represented as Stalybridge, Mossley, Longdendale, Hartshead, Dane Bank, Godley and Gee Cross are all impacted by the plans. Close to Tameside there is also Greenfield where plans to build 120 homes near Dovestones, a well-known beauty spot, are being heavily disputed.
Charlotte Castro, a campaigner from ‘Save Tameside Greenbelt’ said: “The strength of numbers at the rally shows this is an issue of major concern for all Tameside residents and across Greater Manchester.

“The number of responses to the GMSF consultation has spread beyond 25,000 in number, which shows that this is not an issue to be buried under the carpet. We will be continuing with further rallies and other actions to raise awareness of the issue across the borough, coming together to object to and protest against the selling or use of any valuable green spaces, rural or urban, for housing or industrial units.”

“The children who attended the rally highlight the importance of fighting the issue for their generation and future generations. Harry and Jensen should be able to have the opportunity to come for many years to use the Greenspace in Dane Bank and their voices should be heard.”

“With six green spaces possibly being sold off in Mossley alone in the coming months, this is great progress with much more to come for Greater Manchester’s green belt.”

 

By Zoe Wright