In 2011, the Council — at the time led by Seabridge’s Conservative County Councillor — hatched secret plans to sell off local greens and Clayton playing fields.
“But we got together, with our MP, to stop them (see the great picture opposite),” said Labour's Allison Gardner.
“Now, they’re making hay just before the election, misleading us locally about Bunny Hill and worrying school children as well.”
Allison has condemned political mischief-makers in the Conservative Party for spreading unfounded fears over the future of local beauty-spots in Newcastle.
She says Tory troublemakers are whipping up concerns by falsely suggesting that popular sites, like Bunny Hill, are to be sold off for housing.
“This has been stirred-up deliberately for political purposes to misrepresent the true situation,” says Allison.
“I never thought I would be an election candidate, but this deluge of nonsense from the Conservatives has really made me angry. So I’m standing this May to make a stand against it.’
“The Tories have a guilty conscience about Green Spaces. In 2011 when they ran the Council, they drew up sell-off plans in secret, for places like Clayton Playing Fields. But a local campaign with our MP Paul Farrelly stopped them in their tracks.’
“What’s happening now is that the Local Plan is being drawn up, by law. And Labour-run Newcastle Borough Council's been clear that Bunny Hill and the Butts Walks up to Keele, will remain just as they are.”
Allison at Bunny Hill which is NOT being sold off!