Mytholmroyd Net

Save our Park

Posted 19th October, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: Local group close to saving park

Scout Road Community Group is within days of sealing a deal with Mytholmroyd Methodist church to save the playing field and children's playground on Scout Road Mytholmroyd from developers.

In less than three months of fundraising the group has raised more than two thirds of the money required to purchase the land. The balance of the money required to buy the land will be raised through an innovative partnership with Calderdale Credit Union.

The group is setting up a co-operative open to anybody who is interested in jointly buying a small piece of the park. The money to buy the land can either come from individual donations or can be borrowed from Calderdale Credit Union. Once the land is saved, the group will then "buy back" the plots of land from the co-op members securing the park for future generations.

However time is short and pledges to the co-op need to be in before this Friday 22nd October, when the church meet to decide the fate of the community bid.

Gayle Appleyard, chair of the Scout Road group said: "This is an exciting opportunity for all members of the community to invest in the future of our green spaces and ensure that the land can be enjoyed by future generations."

"The community group is committed to ensuring that this land remains an open space in an already crowded valley. The local support we have received so far shows that any developers with an eye to destroying this valuable community resource would face a long and drawn out battle."

Anybody interested in joining the co-operative or making a donation should contact: Gayle Appleyard on 885781

Alternatively, e-mail: Liz Wilson or Jo Beacroft-Mitchell

BACKGROUND NOTES:

The Methodist Church's intention to sell the land was discovered by accident when an invitation to tender was sent to a Scout Road resident who also happened to be a local architect with children at Scout Road School wo frequently use the park. (June 2004)

A small group of concerned parents organised a public meeting which was attended by over a hundred local residents, councillors and representatives of the local churches.

Following the meeting, the Scout Road Community Group was formed and within two weeks a petition of five hundred signatures had been collected and a tender was submitted to the church which included a request that the sale be put on hold for three months so the group could raise the funds to buy the land.

After opening the tenders, the Methodist Church felt that the community feeling was such that they should support a community bid and agreed to give the community group they three months needed.

If you require any further information please feel free to contact Gayle Appleyard on 01422 885781 or email Gayle Appleyard (Telephone preferred).

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