Protecting our green spaces
13/10/2019 12:04:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard
The Council has published its plans for green spaces and these will be agreed at the meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on 21st October 2019. Many residents put forward suggestions for green spaces that should be protected but sadly, only five in Selsdon have been afforded protection under the current plans. These are:
Ashen Grove – Local natural open space
Selsdon Recreation Ground – Town park
The Ruffet – Local natural open space
Freelands Ave on junction with Tedder Road – Local Green Space
Palace Green – Local Green Space
Whilst it is great that some areas now have more protection, it is a shame the opportunity was not taken to protect more green spaces in Selsdon. Suggested areas that have not been given protection as green spaces include Foxearth Spinney and the green space on Croham Valley Road.
More worryingly, the Council is considering the option of dedesignating areas of green belt (i.e. removing green belt status so the land can be developed). Three areas are being considered and these are;
- Land at Borrowdale Drive/Mitchley Hill in Sanderstead
- Land at Gravel Hill (behind Monks Hill)
- Land at Lodge Lane, near New Addington
We will oppose all plans to remove areas of green belt in Croydon. With the increasing number of people living in our borough, green space will become even more precious so we would need more, not less.