Woodhall Spa campaigner salutes ‘people power’ win

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

A leading figure in a campaign to halt development of the Rally Field in Woodhall Spa has hailed their success as a victory for people power.

Developers sparked controversy earlier this year when they announced plans to build new homes on the Rally Field.

More than 1,000 people signed a petition calling for the community used site to be protected while hundreds of residents took part in ‘camp out’ protest.

Now, the threat of development has been removed with Waterloo Homes set to build on a nearby site which has failed to secure village green status.

According to campaigner John Finlay, Waterloo have now officially withdrawn their application for the Rally Field.

Mr Finlay said: “It is brilliant news and I would like to thank everyone who has played a part. The whole community got behind us and it really is a victory for people power.”

Mr Finlay went on to say the Rally Field had been removed from an official list of potential development sites. He stressed that would offer further protection. He also said a company formed this year to take over the running of the neighbouring Jubilee Park complex wanted to secure the Rally Field on a leasehold basis from current owners, East Lindsey District Council.

Mr Finlay did hit out at individuals within ELDC who he claimed failed to back campaigners in the initial stages.