Borough Election - May 2011
Candidates views on Play Space 4 Doxey
Isabella Davies - Conservative Party
Our meeting with Mike Heenan, the
leader of Stafford Borough Council, and top officers got so far so
fast I could hardly believe it.
But it wasn’t an April Fool, it was a
real step forward. The council’s officers understand that Doxey
can’t afford to lose the football pitch which people have enjoyed
playing on for nearly 50 years.
Fingers crossed, we will get a helpful
response from Bellway, the firm which wants to build houses on the
land between the football pitch and the main road.
But this will only stop Doxey’s lack
of play space from getting any worse. We need to do more to make
Doxey people know that the play area
off Greensome Close is no use for younger children. Parents just
don’t want them to play there. But we might be able to find a use
for it for older children.
I’ve asked whether part of it could
be used for allotments. Doxey Primary School would like to plant
trees on some of it, but not all of it.
I want to thank everyone in Doxey who
has helped us achieve so much. Please let’s keep working together
to do even more for Doxey.
Jane Essex - Labour & Cooperative Party
Having lived in Doxey for 14 years,
I am very aware that we face an apparent conundrum. Surrounded by beautiful
countryside and overlooking the marshes, we have limited (and diminishing)
access to land for recreation. The assumption that we could work informally to
find land for leisure no longer holds good.
If elected I would firstly be
seeking clarification of the status of our existing facilities, working
closely with PS4D, and then consulting residents about the range of
facilities that are wanted for the future. As development takes place, new
possibilities to formalise and extend informal arrangements present themselves;
we must ensure that developers do not short change us in upholding their legal
and moral responsibilities towards their neighbours.
I feel that access to the green spaces
that lie beyond any developments, and which offer scope for walking, cycling and
exploration, is vital. Access should, therefore, be monitored and rigorously
enforced from the planning stage onwards. Consultation with all those affected
should be used to guide the type of facilities and their location.
My vision is
for us to have the infrastructure to be ‘Doxey, a place to work, rest and play.’
Peter Goodland - Conservative Party
From the beginning of my time as a
Stafford Borough Councillor I have wanted to see Doxey provide good
quality play facilities for the benefit of all its residents. But
because of past reluctance on behalf of SBC Doxey has suffered
through lack of investment.
My commitment has been to create the
right environment for investment and I succeeded in securing the
interest of our MP in a meeting that helped preserve the football
pitch at the old Universal site. It’s only a start but at the same
time it helped build a better working relationship with SBC that will
help secure the future of play/leisure facilities in Doxey.
This was possible by my bringing
together the council leader Mike Heenan, SBC Chief Exec. Ian
Thompson, Jeremy Lefoy MP, and staff from SBC leisure department
together with community representatives, including Doxey Parish
Council and PlaySpace4Doxey.
The meeting found a resolution that
will help secure the pitch for future generations in Doxey. But this
is only the start; because it’s taken time to overcome this past
reluctance for investment I hope we can now forge ahead to a better
future. Voting for me will continue this path.
Jeremy Milln - Green Party
As a local parent myself,
I wholeheartedly support PlaySpace 4 Doxey’s campaign to protect
the football pitch.
The challenges we face
today of overcrowding and social or environmental deprivation are the
results of decisions we made yesterday. While many may have been
made for good reasons at the time, the over-riding lesson is that,
now more than ever, we need to ensure that planning decisions are
fully sustainable if we are to leave our children a worthwhile legacy
– one that goes some way to reversing social and environmental
The compensation of
recreational open space is absolutely central to this philosophy, for
it delivers both social and environmental benefits. Denial of it
anywhere injures our sense of the order and decency of life at a most
Denial of it at Doxey
would be especially grievous, given its paucity anyway
Tony Nixon - Labour & Cooperative Party
is clear that there is very little space for recreation in Doxey and
although the current Redrow development will have contributed via a
106 agreement to provide the Borough Council with funds to enhance
facilities locally, nothing has been done in Doxey itself.
the play area on Victoria Park has had a large amount of funding and
will be an asset to the town centre when completed, it is too far
away from Doxey for local youngsters to make use of it on a daily
is of course for your Borough Councillors to decide where money is
spent on play and recreation areas. If I were elected to represent
Doxey again as I did from 1999 to 2003 I would consult with the
residents to find what was most needed, and press for any future
income from developers to be spent in Doxey itself to provide the
sort of facilities that are so sadly lacking.