This is why we're fussing over Haysland fields

First published in Letters

GREG Ashteron, an American in Malvern, asks how come people are fussing over Hayslan Fields.

They are private land, he says. It's true that they are owned by Malvern St James, but by the quirks of ancient byelaws and usage, there is and always will be a public footpath through the fields up to Sling Lane.

And whoever ends up with the fields will have to maintain a way through for public usage one way or another.

However, it isn't just about dog walkers and kids playing is it? It's about so many fields all over Malvern being seized and built upon, creating disruption of water levels that can lead to flooding.

It's the difficult problem of traffic entering Pickersleigh Road from Hayslan Road and the disruption for those who live in that road.

It's the loss of more and more green spaces, wildlife, beauty and joy in life.

Whenever I step through into Hayslan fields on a walk into town, I leave the hectic noise of Pickersleigh Road behind me and a sense of peace and happiness comes over me, as I am sure it does for others.

It was once full of wild flowers till the land was ploughed over to show 'ownership'.

They are just beginning to return and last time I walked through clouds of butterflies rose from the grasses – a lovely sight.

Malvern has few parks, few places of beauty left now. We who are affected by the Hayslan fields project know that once houses are built on this precious space, the fields behind will follow suit and soon it will just be nothing but a mass of houses.

I left London for that reason – is Malvern to follow suit and become a concrete jungle?

Loretta Proctor

Malvern

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2:25pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

"Malvern has few parks, few places of beauty left now. "
Really? What are those big high lumps sticking up in the sky ? What is that pleasant green space with a big duck pond near the theatre, or the flat park, suitable for the elderly named after a long reigning British, monarch, or the green space with the tin birds perched on an industrial support pole above Belle View Terrace? In many towns the scruffy Hayslan Fields might be the only open space in the town. Count your blessings.
"Malvern has few parks, few places of beauty left now. " Really? What are those big high lumps sticking up in the sky ? What is that pleasant green space with a big duck pond near the theatre, or the flat park, suitable for the elderly named after a long reigning British, monarch, or the green space with the tin birds perched on an industrial support pole above Belle View Terrace? In many towns the scruffy Hayslan Fields might be the only open space in the town. Count your blessings. Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 7

11:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sensiblegeezer says...

Bufton Tufton wrote:
"Malvern has few parks, few places of beauty left now. "
Really? What are those big high lumps sticking up in the sky ? What is that pleasant green space with a big duck pond near the theatre, or the flat park, suitable for the elderly named after a long reigning British, monarch, or the green space with the tin birds perched on an industrial support pole above Belle View Terrace? In many towns the scruffy Hayslan Fields might be the only open space in the town. Count your blessings.
this area should be treasured, not everyone can get up the hills. Green, unspoilt, wildlife-rich areas, such as Hayslan fields, should be left wild, if not for this generation, for the generations to follow
[quote][p][bold]Bufton Tufton[/bold] wrote: "Malvern has few parks, few places of beauty left now. " Really? What are those big high lumps sticking up in the sky ? What is that pleasant green space with a big duck pond near the theatre, or the flat park, suitable for the elderly named after a long reigning British, monarch, or the green space with the tin birds perched on an industrial support pole above Belle View Terrace? In many towns the scruffy Hayslan Fields might be the only open space in the town. Count your blessings.[/p][/quote]this area should be treasured, not everyone can get up the hills. Green, unspoilt, wildlife-rich areas, such as Hayslan fields, should be left wild, if not for this generation, for the generations to follow sensiblegeezer
  • Score: -3

10:06am Fri 25 Jul 14

Andy-Apache says...

Let's not forget, this widespread building of houses on green space is based on the lie that there aren't enough houses for the people who live in Malvern. This is patently BS - the reason, pure and simple, is to line developers pockets, who put money in government coffers, and by happy by-product increase the pace of an improving economy by propping up a bloated building industry.

The fact that they are removing forever the pleasure in our green spaces forever, for future generations in the process doesn't figure in their plans.

Bufton, saying we have some spaces and should be thankful is a ridiculous argument. Next time something reduces *your* quality of life in some way, may we remember and say "well, some have got less than you so shut up"?
Let's not forget, this widespread building of houses on green space is based on the lie that there aren't enough houses for the people who live in Malvern. This is patently BS - the reason, pure and simple, is to line developers pockets, who put money in government coffers, and by happy by-product increase the pace of an improving economy by propping up a bloated building industry. The fact that they are removing forever the pleasure in our green spaces forever, for future generations in the process doesn't figure in their plans. Bufton, saying we have some spaces and should be thankful is a ridiculous argument. Next time something reduces *your* quality of life in some way, may we remember and say "well, some have got less than you so shut up"? Andy-Apache
  • Score: -7

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