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9th Aug, 2022

Green fields may be safe in future

GREEN fields at the heart of Alcester are set be protected for future generations.

Stratford District Council is set to hand over ownership of North Field, South Field and Abbey Field – which make up part of the town’s nature reserve – to Alcester Town Council.

The town council already maintain Orchard Field, Jubilee Fields, School Road allotments and Priory Meadow which surround the three fields and it is hoped the cluster of open spaces in the heart of the town will be protected from development if they are in the care of the town council.

The reserve and surrounding green spaces form part of the flood plain of the River Arrow and are a part of the town’s flood defence system.

Alcester councillor Mike Gittus said: “This proposal will preserve, protect and enhance this significant open space area of national importance to benefit the community of Alcester, both now and into the future.

“Alcester is a bustling family community with wonderful schools, proportionate housing, market town shops and a future expansion of employment and new build housing.

“Snaking through the middle of our community is a wonderful green open space, containing our rivers, recreation areas, scheduled monuments and riverside walks.

“These areas could be in the middle of a rural landscape but are in fact in the centre of the Alcester urban area.

“The plan would be to bring all these areas into locally accountable public ownership to enable them to be managed, protected and improved.”

The Cabinet are set to discuss the exchange on Monday (November 7).

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