Protect Blackie Park from Developers

Lib Dem campaigners Colin Nicholson and George Smith at Blackie Park

Join Pallion & Ford's Lib Dem team in backing the councils plan to classify the Blackie Park as Greenspace and protect it from developers by signing our open letter to Sunderland City Council.

In 2020 local Lib Dems Colin Nicholson, Martin Haswell and George Smith ran a campaign to save Blackie Park from housing development, petitioning Gentoo to commit to not building on the land. Sunderland City Council are now reviewing the land in the city available for housing and the Greenspace to be protected from development. The local Lib Dems want to show that residents in High Ford, Low Pennywell, Hillcrag and Highfield Park want to keep the Blackie Park as a local Greenspace.

Sign our open letter to Sunderland City council supporting the allocation of Blackie Park as greenspace. Please sign the letter below and share this page with family, friends and neighbours. The more signatures we get sends a message to the Council that we want to save our local park.

Open letter to Planning Policy Team at Sunderland City Council

I/we the undersigned support the inclusion of the whole of the Blackie Park as Greenspace in the Allocations and Designations Plan currently being consulted on.
The park provides recreation facilities for residents of High Ford, Low Pennywell and the new Hillcrag and Highfield Park estates. The park is regularly used by children and young people for ball games and other play as well as by residents for exercise and dog walking or general recreation purposes.

A recent petition submitted to Gentoo Group Ltd CEO Nigel Wilson was signed by over 300 residents calling for them to scrap plans to build on the land, the number of signatories showing the strength of feeling in the community to preserve the Blackie Park as a recreation facility.

The park has been used for recreation for several decades and over time has played host to youth football activities, a community centre and adventure playground and community events. The park is viable in the long run s Gentoo Group Ltd are to receive around £125,000 in section 106 funding upon completion of the Highfield Park development which is to be used to improve the play facilities in the park.

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