Youngsters join calls to save village playing field

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Youngsters in Moreton Morrell have joined the voices calling for the village playing field to be saved, by making posters.

The playing field is currently at the centre of a dispute involving Moreton Morrell College and Moreton Morrell Parish Council.

The council claim the college, which owns the field, is refusing to offer it a long-term lease on the site unless it supports the college’s attempts to sell a portion of its land to housing developers.

They say they have only been offered a one year lease extension, which they have been advised not to sign as it would set a precedent of them accepting short-term leases in the future.

The college say the sale of its land is vital to fund the future development of the college, which in turn would offer great benefits to the local community.

The fear is that if an agreement cannot be reached between the college and the parish council, the lease will expire and the community will lose the facility.

This week two of the village’s younger residents nine-year-old Tilly Kellaway and her seven-year-old sister Jessica took matters into their own hands by putting up posters calling for the fields to be saved.

Tilly and Jessica’s mum, Sian, said: “It was the girls who decided to make the posters, they love doing art and things like that and I think it’s great that they wanted to get involved with an issue like this.

“They often say to me ‘I hope they’ve not taken the park away yet’ or ask me ‘why don’t the college like us anymore?’ They use the playing field all the time, we all do in the village and it’s such a shame that it’s come to this with the college.”

Anne Parry, chairman of Moreton Morrell Parish Council, added: “A picture paints a thousand words really doesn’t it? The playing field is such a fantastic facility for youngsters in the village, it’s a safe area for them and it’s heart-breaking that they’ve made posters off their own backs to say how much it means to them.

“The parish council did not prompt the girls to make them, the parish council has produced its own posters that have gone up around the village and we’re still getting requests for more.”