Community give thumbs up to Woodhall Spa Rally Field plans

Protesters at Woodhall Spa's Rally Field EMN-141216-103034001

Protesters at Woodhall Spa's Rally Field EMN-141216-103034001

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Plans to secure a site in Woodhall Spa as a ‘community facility’ have taken another significant step forward.

Residents launched a campaign last year to stop housing development on the Rally Field.

The field - adjacent to the village cricket club - is used by a number of organisations.

It is particularly useful in providing extra car parking for major village events - including the nationally renowned 40s Festival.

The residents secured a victory after developers were handed permission by East Lindsey District Council to build on another site in the area.

Ward district councillor Craig Leyland supported residents and since then, the authority has indicated it would like to see the field secured as a community asset.

That would offer some long-term protection and help stop any future development proposals.

The village Parish Council is spearheading a move to set up a community group to administer the site.

Parish clerk Amanda Bushelll revealed she had contacted a number of organisations who use the field - including the cricket club, Jubilee Park Woodhall Spa and St Andrew’s School.

She said all the organisations had indicated they wanted to be involved in the project - as had a number of residents living close to the Rally Field site.

Two representatives from each organisation will be invited to attend an initial meeting.

She said that a public meeting would then be held to allow residents a chance to put forward proposals for the future of the field.