Urbanisation of inherited asset
Protesters against the creation of a pub, hotel and retail that would replace the South Cliff Bowling green expressed shock at the borough council’s planned urbanisation of the area as it offers up the greenery to developers. Weaponness Park resident Mick Haigh said: “This plan is a bigger threat than even losing an historic club.
“The council leadership is preparing to destroy more South Cliff heritage. The Filey Road vistas, fine buildings and open spaces are jewels. Residents were promised that the council would conserve the setting that borough engineer Harry Smith created over 100 years ago. After the 2011 consultation, planners agreed that only low-key development that retained the sylvan setting would be permitted. We must make sure planners do not bring short-term financial gain in return for losing assets that most towns dream of having.”