Work day clears up saved open space
A GROUP of volunteers that included children and pensioners turned out for a work morning on land recently bought by Yate Town Council to stop it being developed.
The landlocked open space to the rear of Cambrian Drive was at the centre of a long campaign to prevent houses being built on it.
Two planning appeals against South Gloucestershire Council’s refusal to allow the building of 18 homes on the plot were lost by Woodstock Homes.
Yate councillors had strongly opposed the proposals and after the second planning inquiry, approached the landowner and acquired the land for £35,000.
The work day was an early step towards restoring the site for the public to enjoy.
Residents joined councillors to collect litter, clear a path and cut back brambles.
Yate mayor John Ford said: “It was a brilliant morning - the best turnout we have ever had for a spring clean. We had residents of all ages, from eight to 80. I want to thank everyone who helped.”
Further work to be carried out will include planting and more cutting back of overgrown hedges.