Having spectacularly lost their fourth attempt at gaining planning permission to develop Oakfield Rec, could anyone truly believe that the Co-op would seek to punish the local children and deprive them of their outdoor play area. For no good reason at all. In fact, no comment, despite being asked to engage with the community and enter into meaningful discussions with the Council over the park’s future.
Save Oakfield campaigner Richard Joy said “Many of the children going to school were visibly upset at the sight of the park being removed this morning. I was talking to my sobbing daughter about it this evening. She’s confused and doesn’t understand why she had an area to play on yesterday, but can’t play outside today. I tried to explain to her that the Co-op want to build houses on it because that will make them a lot of money, but she asked “don’t they like children?”. I replied saying “I am sure they don’t dislike children” to which she replied “but they like money more?”.
It’s sometimes hard to argue with the logic of a child.”