More cash needed to save our green open spaces - The Droitwich Standard

More cash needed to save our green open spaces

Droitwich Editorial 17th Apr, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

THE CAMPAIGN group set up to fight the controversial housing developments submitted for Yew Tree Hill has revealed it has a large shortfall in its finances because of the legal costs fighting the planning appeal.

And Save Our Green Open Spaces (SOGOS) has vowed to turn its fortunes around and plug the cash gap, but, it said, it needs the help of the people of Droitwich. In keeping with the cause, the group has organised a host of summer events which celebrate the countryside as well as raise funds.

SOGOS deputy chairman Steve Sparrow said: “The events will focus on our local countryside and the extensive historical interest of the area and we hope they will help to forge stronger community links as people meet up, perhaps for the first time, whilst enjoying the heritage of Worcestershire as a group.

“In particular, planned walks taking in the Yew Tree Hill area currently under threat of development will show just what we stand to lose if the developers get their way, whilst local historical discussion will also help to underpin a sense of belonging.

“SOGOS members are extremely grateful for every contribution received to date, every single one has helped to reduce the financial burden, but we still have some way to go.”

The first event on the May Day bank holiday Monday (May 5) will be with prolific Spa walker Mike Skan. He will use his knowledge and experience to take participants on an eight-mile Jubliee Walk around Droitwich. Tea will be available for thirsty walkers at Salwarpe Church towards the end of the walk.

The fee is £4 and those wanting to take part need to meet at 10.30am on May 5 at Droitwich Leisure Centre.

Residents can call Sue on 01905 778813 or Mike on 01905 775485 to book their place. Proceeds will go to Salwarpe Church and SOGOS. No dogs allowed.

Those wanting more information should email [email protected].

The second event is the first ever public screening of an audio-visual presentation by Lavinia and Mike Hardwick, describing the River Teme.

On it, Lavinia and Mike Hardwick describe the River Teme which begins from Worcestershire and runs to the Welsh Hills.

It takes place at 7.30pm on June 6 at the Old Cock Inn. Friar Street.

Admission, which is £10, includes a hot supper and there is a vegetarian option available.

To book, email [email protected] or call Mike or Lavinia on 01905 778334.

If it proves popular, other dates for that event could be organised.

A Planning Appeal relating to the refused applications for 765 homes and 200-unit care facility was held in January and the result is scheduled to be announced in August.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the SOGOS fund can make them to Rhod Drury by calling 07880 747036.

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