Dovers Farm Estate residents apply for village green status to protect open space
PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 August 2016
A community determined to preserve open space used for fetes, football matches and as a children's play area is applying for village green status.
Residents of Dovers Farm Estate, Rainham, were shocked to receive a notice from Havering Council last year, detailing a proposal to build 32 houses on the green next to their homes.
After the application was refused last month, residents decided to try and secure the open space by applying for village green status.
Jon Cruddas, MP for Rainham and Dagenham, said: “Green spaces are at the heart of every community.
“They represent a space where people have precedence, a space where they are free from cars and concrete, where the eye is drawn to trees and skylines, not concrete and glass.
“A safe space for children to play, families to congregate, converse and communities to learn about each other.
“We gathered together as a community and decided that we would apply for village green status for our open space, to secure it as a resource for our children and grandchildren.
“To make sure that no matter how many flats and houses spring up where once there were garages, tower blocks, or car parks, that our trees and fields will remain open for use.”
When Dovers Farm Estate was built following the Second World War, the patch of land was left as an open area for the community.
The space was originally decorated with flowerbeds and plaques to commemorate the sacrifices made by servicement from New Zealand.
A commemorative stone was even laid by the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
The space has been used by the residents for 68 years following.
Jon said: “This campaign isn’t just about a patch of grass, it is about the future of a community.
“Whilst I understand the need for more housing, we should not be building at the detriment of existing communities.”
The reques is being processed by Havering Council.
To join the Dovers Farm Estate village green committee email firstname.lastname@example.org