MP to raise Oundle playing field campaign in the House of Commons

Tom Pursglove with Jo Trott and Julie Grove at the school playing field in Oundle
Tom Pursglove with Jo Trott and Julie Grove at the school playing field in Oundle

An MP is to raise the issue of selling off playing fields and park land in the Commons next week.

Tom Pursglove, MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, has secured the opportunity to introduce a Bill on Monday, which will give people a say over plans to sell off playing fields and park land in their area.

I hope that colleagues from across the House will join me in trying to tackle this important problem head on

Tom Pursglove

The Bill requires that public bodies who wish to sell park land or playing fields, must hold a statutory consultation.

If, in this time, a petition receives more than 10 per cent verifiable support from ward electors, it will trigger a referendum, of which the result will be binding.

Mr Pursglove said: “Having been involved with the brilliant campaign in Oundle to save the playing field at the site of what will be the primary school, I am well aware of the struggles that the residents are currently going through in order to save it.

“To my mind, it is unacceptable that, despite 3,750 local residents having signed a petition against selling this land (in a ward of 4,750), this can simply be ignored when the final decision is made.

“The selling off of the playing field would have an effect, not only on the school, who use the playing field on a daily basis, but also the local sports teams who would have to go further afield to play.

“Whilst my focus is always on directly helping my constituents, having done some research into this, it is clear that this is a national problem affecting communities up and down the country.

“As such, I hope that colleagues from across the House will join me in trying to tackle this important problem head on.”