Posted: 31.07.20 at 18:43 by Coun Ashley Baxter
More than 100 campaigners from the ‘Friends of Mill Field’ group met with local MP, Rt Hon Sir John Hayes (Con), yesterday morning (Thurs 30 July) at the much loved open space in Market Deeping.
The meeting was led by the ‘Friends of Mill Field’ in response to recent correspondence with the MP regarding Lincolnshire County Council’s ongoing application to build 260 houses on the site.
The organiser of the meeting, Coun Ashley Baxter, who represents Market and West Deeping ward of SKDC comments: “Sir John has taken an active interest in our campaign over the last few years and has recently written to me about the County Council application. I am obviously keen to work with everyone who wants to retain Mill Field as a valued and accessible open space.”
Rt Hon Sir John Hayes, who is the MP for South Holland and the Deepings constituency said: "I was delighted to accept an invitation to come and inspect the fields, which I visited so many times for the Deeping Show, and to meet so many of its regular users again. It is encouraging that there is clear cross-party support from the councillors who represent Market Deeping at the county and district. I hope the decision-makers at Grantham and Lincoln will heed the enormous strength of feeling in the Deepings”.
During his visit, Sir John Hayes made an informal speech to the crowd of people who regularly use the site for a range of recreational activities particularly jogging and dog-walking.
Chair of Friends of Mill Field, Mrs Pam Steel was impressed “Sir John was very encouraging. He is clearly aware of the passion of local residents to oppose the development plans and to retain the open space. It is good to know that our local MP supports our cause”.
Several other local councillors attended the event including: Coun Rosemary Trollope-Bellew of Lincolnshire County Council; Coun Virginia Moran, Coun Bob Broughton, Coun Judy Stevens and Coun Ashley Baxter of South Kesteven District Council; and Coun Josh Yarham and Coun David Shelton of Market Deeping Town Council.
Coun Yarham is the current mayor of Market Deeping and Coun David Shelton is the Chair of the Deepings Neighbourhood Plan Committee.
The next milestone on the campaign to save Mill Field will be the final public consultation on the Deepings Neighbourhood Plan which begins on Monday and includes an aspiration to retain the Mill Field as a public open space.
Details of how to comment on the plan are available from SKDC, MDTC or from the Friends of Mill Field.
The next milestone on the campaign to save Mill Field will be a six-week public consultation on the Deepings Neighbourhood Plan which is due to starting on Monday 3rd August.
The Plan, which was formally submitted in June, would protect Mill Field as a Local Green Space and Millfield Road as a protected Green Lane. Details on how to comment on the Plan are available from SKDC, MDTC or from the Friends of Mill Field.
At the end of the consultation, the plan will be assessed by an Independent Examiner who will decide whether any changes are necessary before the plan goes to a Referendum.