News Echo, 30th January, 1975
Mothers Angry Over Decision On Waste Land
Mothers are “disgusted” at a council decision to shelve a plan to buy and develop dangerous and unsightly waste-land.
East Northamptonshire District Council was to have bought the land, in Rushden’s South Ward, with a view to making it into parkland, at an estimated cost of £21,000. This scheme was knocked on the head last week by the council’s policy and resources committee along with another project, to meet central government loan sanctions – the amount an authority is allowed to raise by loans.
Loan sanction for this year and next by the council is £78,000 – that’s about £38,000 under what it wanted to spend – hence the cuts. Councillors will however, pressure the owners of the land to do something about it – if they can find them.
Mrs. Linda Morris lives at 10, Oakham Close, Rushden, which overlooks the waste-ground, tip, and water-filled gravel pit.
“There is no fencing, nothing to stop small children from wandering there. During school holidays there are no end of children playing there, young and old. I think it’s disgusting the way the council has decided not to go ahead with a parkland. Something will only be done when there’s an accident,” she said.
Mrs. Morris, who has a son, said nothing has been done about the condition of the waste-land since she moved to her home six years ago. “About two years ago somebody started a petition to try and get something done.”
Her neighbour, Mrs. Linda Caven, of 11 Oakham Close, Rushden said “Had we known nothing would have been done about the land before we moved here seven years ago, I doubt if we’d have come,” she said.
Mr. Denis Millman, headmaster of nearby Whitefriars Junior School, said the land concerned him. “It means more supervision to make sure children are directed away from that area during lunch-time and when they go home.”
Councillor Allen Goulsbra, chairman of the council’s policy and resources committee said it was decided to shelve the project because it was “considered to be the least priority.”
“If we had gone ahead and bought it, we have no immediate use for the land. The figure of £21,000 is just an estimate – it might have been double that. The owner hasn’t been approached.
Another project to be scrapped is, ironically, a play area, with equipment at Grangeway, Rushden, which is just across the road from the waste-land.