Village is facing loss of play area

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TROSTON villagers are worried about losing a much-loved green space which has been used as a children’s play area for decades.

Two weeks ago, Greene King, which owns the land, notified Troston Parish Council, which leases it for 12-month periods, of its intention to use the green space to develop 21 houses.

Since then the scheme has been revised and, if approved, would include a maximum of five houses, due to restrictions placed on Troston as an infill village.

“We’re over a barrel and have been for years because the playing field doesn’t belong to us and Greene King won’t give us a long term lease,” said villager Audrey Ringrose.

On Monday, about 90 villagers gathered for a special meeting in Troston Village Hall, to discuss the proposal, which would include the installation of a football pitch and playing field on adjacent land.

Concerns centred around the danger of moving the playing field to the outskirts of the village, with access across a busy road, worries about the future of the village pub, also owned by Greene King, which was boarded up recently, and the lack of any detail in the proposal.

“We’re talking about nothing at the moment, until we’ve seen the plans,” said Jane Carnpryor.

Mitchell Day, 24, said he would be in favour of having affordable homes included in the development.

Another villager said: “I think we need some new blood in this village, we need outsiders. In many ways it would be an asset.”

A St Edmundsbury Borough Council spokeswoman said: “A designated playing field cannot be used unless it can be proved that it is no longer needed or there is provision of an equal or better space.”

A Greene King spokesman said: “We are currently reviewing the future of the pub and its surrounding land.”