People in the Tonedale area of Wellington have reacted strongly to news that a local field popular for dog-walking and picnics is being offered for potential development. An online petition has been launched urging that the land be bought or claimed for public ownership. Feelings are running strongly. “I know people use it on a daily basis & have done for years,” said Gina Deacon, who launched the campaign, which now has almost 200 signatures on the Change.org website. (Sign up at http://bit.ly/2KAA1eQ
“The impact of its loss, to not only the community but the wildlife & green space, so many enjoy for its peaceful tranquillity, would be immense.”
Property agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt are asking for offers of around £80,000 for the eight acre-field which is being sold by Courtleigh Securities, the company that owned Fox Bros factory when it first closed 25 years ago. They have since sold the mill buildings to other developers but retained the two fields – which were once used by factory workers for football matches, picnics and a short cut to the Basins and town centre.
The GTH sale details offer potential purchasers the possibility of prospective profits, saying “this is a rare opportunity to acquire a parcel of productive pasture land situated on the edge of Wellington…. Whilst at present the land is classified as agricultural due to its location it could well have some long term hope value and therefore could be of interest to investors.”