Fields at York's former Burnholme School site 'should not be built on'

Osbaldwick councillor Mark Warters

Osbaldwick councillor Mark Warters

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A COUNCILLOR has demanded a guarantee that green fields on York's former Burnholme School site will not be built on during a re-development of the site.

Osbaldwick councillor Mark Warters said his fears had been raised that green space and playing fields might be lost after a report to City of York Council's Cabinet stated: "But as the business case and plans are developed, it may be necessary to consider use of some of the remaining green space on the site for housing."

He wrote to Cllr Dafydd Williams, cabinet member for finance and performance, requesting a clear statement ruling out any development on the school site's green space.

Cllr Williams claimed Cllr Walters was being 'somewhat mischievous,' as he had given a verbal reassurance 'dispelling the myth on playing fields' at a cabinet meeting.

He said the section in the cabinet paper reserving the right to use parts of the playing fields for other uses had to be put in for 'clarity,' adding: "However, (and I cannot stress this strongly enough) we are not proposing to do anything with the playing fields on the Burnholme site other than use them for playing fields.

"I am happy to give a personal guarantee that if there is ever any change in that position I will personally ensure that the matter is brought back to a public cabinet meeting to be discussed in public."

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4:12pm Sat 2 Aug 14

FRAZER1405 says...

He wants it in black and white as who can trust this shower with a verbal agreement.
They won't be happy until everything is built on and there's nowhere for kids to play , green spaces are disappearing fast thanks to this lot .
He wants it in black and white as who can trust this shower with a verbal agreement. They won't be happy until everything is built on and there's nowhere for kids to play , green spaces are disappearing fast thanks to this lot . FRAZER1405
  • Score: -3

7:14pm Sat 2 Aug 14

nowthen says...

Cllr Dafydd Williams said "I am happy to give a personal guarantee that if there is ever any change in that position I will personally ensure that the matter is brought back to a public cabinet meeting to be discussed in public." ....... unfortunately, going on past experience, the Labour led Council will then do as it wants.
Cllr Dafydd Williams said "I am happy to give a personal guarantee that if there is ever any change in that position I will personally ensure that the matter is brought back to a public cabinet meeting to be discussed in public." ....... unfortunately, going on past experience, the Labour led Council will then do as it wants. nowthen
  • Score: 2

7:36pm Sat 2 Aug 14

York2000 says...

York's Chief NIMBY on the war path again.
York's Chief NIMBY on the war path again. York2000
  • Score: 11

9:45pm Sat 2 Aug 14

bjb says...

FRAZER1405 wrote:
He wants it in black and white as who can trust this shower with a verbal agreement.
They won't be happy until everything is built on and there's nowhere for kids to play , green spaces are disappearing fast thanks to this lot .
Would someone like to remind us who authorised building on the Melrosegate playing fields. But wait a minute they don't matter as they only provided play space for council housed kids and did not affect the affluent village communities.
[quote][p][bold]FRAZER1405[/bold] wrote: He wants it in black and white as who can trust this shower with a verbal agreement. They won't be happy until everything is built on and there's nowhere for kids to play , green spaces are disappearing fast thanks to this lot .[/p][/quote]Would someone like to remind us who authorised building on the Melrosegate playing fields. But wait a minute they don't matter as they only provided play space for council housed kids and did not affect the affluent village communities. bjb
  • Score: 8

10:26pm Sat 2 Aug 14

osbaldwicklane says...

Don't the mob from Wilson Homes want it .
Don't the mob from Wilson Homes want it . osbaldwicklane
  • Score: 0

9:44am Sun 3 Aug 14

AnotherPointofView says...

York2000 wrote:
York's Chief NIMBY on the war path again.
Mark Waters is trying to do the right thing for his constituents. He always has tried to do the best for York. It's a shame that there aren't more councillors like him. Most only tow the party line and ignore York's interest in favour of themselves or their party.

Keep up the good work Cllr Warters!
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: York's Chief NIMBY on the war path again.[/p][/quote]Mark Waters is trying to do the right thing for his constituents. He always has tried to do the best for York. It's a shame that there aren't more councillors like him. Most only tow the party line and ignore York's interest in favour of themselves or their party. Keep up the good work Cllr Warters! AnotherPointofView
  • Score: -7

1:49pm Sun 3 Aug 14

osbaldwicklane says...

AnotherPointofView says...
Mark Waters is trying to do the right thing for his constituents. He always has tried to do the best for York. It's a shame that there aren't more councillors like him. Most only tow the party line and ignore York's interest in favour of themselves or their party.

Keep up the good work Cllr Warters!

Well said , at least Osbaldwick has someone that cares .
AnotherPointofView says... Mark Waters is trying to do the right thing for his constituents. He always has tried to do the best for York. It's a shame that there aren't more councillors like him. Most only tow the party line and ignore York's interest in favour of themselves or their party. Keep up the good work Cllr Warters! Well said , at least Osbaldwick has someone that cares . osbaldwicklane
  • Score: -8

2:20pm Sun 3 Aug 14

bjb says...

osbaldwicklane wrote:
AnotherPointofView says...
Mark Waters is trying to do the right thing for his constituents. He always has tried to do the best for York. It's a shame that there aren't more councillors like him. Most only tow the party line and ignore York's interest in favour of themselves or their party.

Keep up the good work Cllr Warters!

Well said , at least Osbaldwick has someone that cares .
Osbaldwick has someone that cares about people in Osbaldwick that overlook open space, but does not care about where future generations are going to live and work. I have no doubt he will be cooking up plans to delay any development which ultimately the rest of the York Council Tax payers will have to foot the millions it will cost, just like last time.
[quote][p][bold]osbaldwicklane[/bold] wrote: AnotherPointofView says... Mark Waters is trying to do the right thing for his constituents. He always has tried to do the best for York. It's a shame that there aren't more councillors like him. Most only tow the party line and ignore York's interest in favour of themselves or their party. Keep up the good work Cllr Warters! Well said , at least Osbaldwick has someone that cares .[/p][/quote]Osbaldwick has someone that cares about people in Osbaldwick that overlook open space, but does not care about where future generations are going to live and work. I have no doubt he will be cooking up plans to delay any development which ultimately the rest of the York Council Tax payers will have to foot the millions it will cost, just like last time. bjb
  • Score: 8

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