Community want green space for own use

A group of residents from Moortown in Leeds is trying to raise money to get green space for community use, before it becomes prime land for housing developers.

Residents' plans include a wild flower meadow, football pitch, allotments, wetlands and 10 eco-homes, to pay for the project.

The land has been left disused for 12 years. The land belongs to Yorkshire Bank, now part of Clydesdale Bank, who are prepared to sell it to us, or possibly to a developer for high density housing.

As a group we are determined to raise the funds needed to keep the land green.

– Sally McAlinney, Limetree Community Trust

She said the group of parents and residents were concerned that Moortown Primary, which backs directly on to the field, did not have any grass for children to play on.

"Yorkshire Bank have been good enough to allow the children to hold their sports day on the field, but if the community could own the land, they could play on it every day.

– Sally McAlinney, Limetree Community Trust

Plans include a sports pitch, community building, playground, sensory gardens, allotments, nature reserve area and wetlands, and a small number of eco-houses, to help fund the development.

An open day is being held today at Moortown Primary School.

Discussions are ongoing in relation to the sale of land at Moortown, therefore it would inappropriate to comment further.

– Yorkshire Bank spokesperson