SchNews & Battle begins for Yate Village Green

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Date : 29.03.08  
A Controversial campaign by residents in Yate to have an area of land
designated as a village green is approaching its final phase.

People living in Cambrian Drive want the land designated as open space
in an attempt to block a council-sponsored scheme to building
sheltered housing for the elderly.

The four acres of land, which has been vacant for more than 20 years,
is being handed over by the authority to a non-profit organisation
called Housing 21 to build 60 flats for the elderly.

The scheme, backed by the Royal British Legion, also includes 10
chalet bungalows and a day centre for use by the mentally infirm but
people living in Cambrian Drive, who set up an action committee, say
it is the wrong location for such a major development.

Yate Town Council has also backed the residents' action and said such
a large scheme would have a major environmental and transportation
impact on the area.

Helen Jebson, for Housing 21, said the extra care flats will allow
elderly people to remain independent in their own living space, rather
than going into a care home.

She said: "It will bring tremendous changes and improvements to the
services currently available to the older people of South

The application for an open green space on Cambrian Drive and
Wellington Road will be presented before an independent inspector at a
non-statutory public inquiry.

The inquiry is to be held over four days at Yate Town Council Offices
and will start on Tuesday at 10am.

Barry Banwell, spokesman for the action committee said: "The local
community will present their evidence of unchallenged, unimpeded and
unrestricted access to these four acres of open land for more than 20

"During that time generations of families have enjoyed recreational
pursuits of many kinds throughout that period."

The Cambrian Drive Action Committee said they have made the
application for village green status on behalf of the community and
they want the residents to show their support during the public inquiry.

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