Please note this important message from Cllr Tony Kearon:
Apologies for the very short notice, but there is a special meeting of Newcastle Borough Council TONIGHT to vote on a proposal put forward by the Tories, former Ukip 'Independents' and (much to my surprise and regret) the leader of the LibDem group.
At the heart of this proposal are the following plans: 1 Appeal to the Secretary of State to take Keele Golf course out of the Green Belt 2. Divide it up into a series of 60-100 house plots. 3. Sell these plots off over the next few years. If these proposals go ahead then the future of the golf course is as the site of a few thousand faceless suburban concrete boxes. But this decision also matters for residents who care about places like Bunny Hill because it also establishes a very worrying principle for dealing with any council owned sites in the Green-Belt, especially in terms of pre-judging the outcome of consultation and side-stepping local democracy. If you are a Newcastle resident please contact your Councillor URGENTLY to ask them to vote against this proposal. This is especially important if your Councillor is Tory, one of the ex-UKIP Independents, UKIP, or (sadly) a LibDem, as these are the councillors most likely to vote for this proposal and they are a majority on the Council. The meeting is 7.00pm tonight and is open to the public - It's in the Civic offices in Newcastle.
The proposal is HERE - The evidence for who put the proposals forwards to the assets committee, who voted for them and who voted agains them (all the Labour members of the committee), can e found HERE