Help village rec get Royal protection

HS2 rail link artists impession from Twyford Playing Fields.
HS2 rail link artists impession from Twyford Playing Fields.

A TWYFORD woman is urging people to cast their votes and help the village recreation ground gain Royal protection.

Anti-high-speed rail campaigner and Twyford parish councillor Rae Sloan said: “Everyone should be aware that, if HS2 goes ahead, they will be nicking part of our rec and during construction they will probably dig up most of it.”

But there’s a chance to save the rec, thanks to a Royal initiative.

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics next year, the Royal Family has launched a programme to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities across the country, as a permanent legacy of these landmark occasions.

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is being headed by patron the Duke of Cambridge and operated by Fields In Trust (FIT).

The trust’s website says: “FIT exists to safeguard recreational areas through legal means by placing covenants on the land, meaning they have to remain in recreational use forever.

“Decades of urban development have seen the stock of fields reduce substantially. Once lost, recreational space cannot be reinstated.

“FIT’s aim is to safeguard existing recreational space for the future.”

Ms Sloan urged everyone to vote to protect the rec by visiting the FIT website

Then go to ‘Cast your vote’ on the top toolbar, enter the postcode MK18 4EY and press ‘Support this field’.

Chairman of Twyford Cricket club Stuart Misseldine said he would also encourage people to vote for the rec.

He said: “Our vice-chairman Richard Wade wrote a fairly detailed response to the HS2 consultation. Potentially, we could lose our ground.

“We were looking to do further development to the ground but our plans have been put on hold because it’s under a cloud at the moment and nobody’s going to provide funding when its future’s in jeopardy.

“Our club’s become a strong club – we’ve had some success within the Cherwell league in recent years. On a Sunday, we have over 60 kids out on the ground practising and training. Any threat to us carrying on would be a big impact to the community.”