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Future of area up for debate

MEMBERS of Pickersleigh Residents' Group will be holding a public meeting to discuss the future development of the area.

The group will be responding to the Local Plan, Malvern Hills District Council's blueprint for the future of the town.

One of the issues to be examined is the status of Hayslan Field.

Malvern Girls' College owns the field and is happy for people to walk on the footpaths, as long as they do not walk on the grassy areas.

In the Local Plan the field is designated as an urban green space, meaning that it will be safeguarded and development will not be allowed there.

Group member Ann Silk said the members would be supporting this.

"The Local Plan is as much about endorsing what is there as objecting to it," she said.

The use of Hayslan Field has long been a contentious issue for the group.

Its bid to have the field designated as a village green failed when a public hearing held last year decided in favour of Malvern Girls' College.

Mrs Silk said the meeting was not only about the future of Hayslan Field but also about other issues affecting Pickersleigh ward residents, including the cycle track from Hayslan Road to Sling Lane.

The group is now 10 years old and at one time had 100 members. Although only 10 members attended its recent AGM, Mrs Silk said they were determined to continue.

"The message is we're still in business and we're still intending to keep a watching brief on issues local residents want us to respond to," she said.

Mrs Silk urged all Pickersleigh residents to attend the meeting and become "part of the democratic planning process".

"If only people realised how much they can get out of something by getting involved. It brings the community together," she said.

The meeting will be held in Barnards Green Cricket Club at 7.30pm on Tuesday, February 3.

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