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Denton residents win two-year battle to protect their local green space
Friday 13th April 2018 @ 13:44 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw News Tameside

Residents in Denton have won a two-year battle to protect their local green space.

Wain Homes had drawn up proposals to build houses on land off Windsor Road in Dane Bank but locals quickly mobilised to oppose the plans, forming the Dane Bank Green Space Committee.

At a meeting last night between committee members, club stakeholders and the Friends of Granada Park Leader of Tameside Council and Denton West councillor, Cllr Brenda Warrington, confirmed the news that the land is definitely not up for sale.

There was further good news for the local sports clubs, as both the Denton West Cricket Club and Denton West End Football Club are to be contacted over the next few weeks, with a view to getting 25-year leases, securing their future.

NOT FOR SALE: Wain Homes wanted to build houses on green space in Dane Bank that is home to the local cricket, football and angling clubs.

A delighted Katherine McLoughlin, Chair of Dane Bank Green Space, said: “This is a great result for the residents of Dane Bank. We have been campaigning for almost two years to ensure that the Windsor Road fields are protected for future generations. I want to thank everyone who has supported us during this time.

“But we have more to do. We intend to work with the sports clubs and other stakeholders, including Tameside Council, to improve existing facilities and promote wider use of this valuable area of public open space.

“This is a genuine local initiative that will benefit the Dane Bank community and we hope it will receive wide and enthusiastic support from all sides.”

Andrew Gwynne MP

Denton & Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne welcomed the news. “I’m delighted to hear that Tameside Council won’t be selling the land at Windsor Road in Denton for development.

“I never supported the loss of this vital green lung in the community. The local infrastructure just would not be able to take the kind of development envisaged, and the loss of recreational and environmental amenity in an already heavily built-up area was unacceptable to me and the people I’m elected to represent.

“This is a decision based on common sense and I’d like to thank Tameside Council for listening to the local residents on this issue, and the local councillors in Denton West for bringing he matter to a satisfactory conclusion.”