Archive for October, 2011

Ronald Johnson Fields currently surrounded by fencing.




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The BTCV has awarded Moston & District Archaeology & Social History Society
Awarded £9,999
for conservation work on Broadhurst Clough

The project site is a public park known as Lower Broadhurst Clough. Some parts of the park are heavily overgrown and some areas are waterlogged and inaccessible. The area has received a large amount of vandalism and environmental damage from motorbike activities. The aim of this project is to provide safe and secure access to the lower section of the park and enhance the areas biodiversity through the planting of wetland and woodland wildflowers. The project will transform an uninviting area into a site for recreational use that can be enjoyed by all. Volunteers are keen to be involved in all aspects of the project.

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Dear Postbag,


Anyone familiar with current thinking on the future of planning will be

aware of the growing opposition to the government’s proposed changes to

planning law.


The National Trust, Campaign to Protect Rural England, World Wildlife

Fund and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – hardly a group

of ‘leftie’ militants –  to mention a few, have joined the chorus of

disapproval for the National Planning Policy Framework which threatens

our greenfield sites with large-scale developments.


Now, Prince William has joined the campaign, to safeguard our playing

fields, parks and woodland, beseeching  us to defend them or risk

losing them forever. “Green spaces” he says ” are the beating heart of

any community. Whether you live in a dense city or the middle of the

countryside, fields provide a safe place for true sport, for talent to

be nurtured, confidence to be built and for children and teenagers to

let off steam.”


Why then does the Labour-run Manchester city council persist in its

enthusiastic support for building a football stadium on a greenfield

site in Moston ?


If they have £750,000 to spare – their financial commitment to the

development – could they not spend it on restoring the Ronald Johnson

Playing Field to its former glory with football, cricket, bowling and

tennis facilities rather than creating a stadium for a semi-

professional football club the majority of whose players and fans do

not even live in Moston ?


Manchester city council are not so much out of step with current

thinking, they are galloping wantonly in the opposite direction. And

guess what their party colleague, the shadow environment secretary, Mary

Creagh, recently had to say on the subject :”Government policy should

be amended so that it reinstates, as a requirement, that brownfield

sites are developed ahead of greenfield sites.”


That’s Labour policy – stick to it!


Bob Hill


Manchester Evening News, October 21st, 2011

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Just some of the residents who live next to Ronald Johnson Fields and raise some of their concerns surrounding the destruction of this rare piece of treasured greenbelt in Moston.

Please click on the link: Residents Concerns Raised.

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This is the picture of the Greater Manchester Biodiversity Action Plan carried out by Derek Richardson of the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit

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View of FC Uniteds proposed stadium for the green fields of Moston.

FC United’s dream of a 5,000-capacity stadium is set to become a reality, the M.E.N. understands.

The breakaway club want to end six years on the road by building a £3.5m complex on the Ronald Johnson playing fields close to St Mary’s Road in Moston.

We can reveal that planning officers will recommend the council give the plans the green light, with conditions, at a town hall meeting next week.

The ambitious proposals have been the subject of controversy since they were first made public in April.

Some residents formed a protest group and vowed to fight the plans until the end.

They claimed building a stadium would cause traffic chaos and destroy a local beauty spot.

The club, formed in protest at the Glazer family’s ownership of Manchester United, say the stadium will open up land currently closed off to the community.

They believe it will bring investment to the area along with a host of facilities for residents.

And after an extensive consultation process it appears planners agree with them.

They have recommended the scheme goes ahead subject to the signing of a ‘section 106’ agreement which promises community use for the site, a reviewable travel plan and provisions for off-site parking.

It is understood the club are happy to sign such an agreement.

The council will give their verdict at an eagerly-awaited meeting next Thursday.

There will then be a ‘cooling off’ period for those on both sides to reflect on their decision and an appeal can be lodged.

The plans will also only go ahead if The Charity Commission rule that the land can be built on.

But the M.E.N. understands they are likely to rule the land is not charitable and so is suitable for the project.

FC, a co-operative, currently play their home games at Bury’s Gigg Lane ground.

They ply their trade in the seventh tier of English football and attract crowds of about 2,000.

The stadium would be a mix of terracing and seating.

Manchester Evening News, Mike Keegan, October 20, 2011

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