Green-light given for Far Cotton Town Green

Taken from Herald and Post Feb 12 2009

RESIDENTS will be pleased to hear that a new Town Green in Far Cotton was given the green light by councillors.

They reviewed a report that recommends part of the Far Cotton Recreation Ground be designated as a Town Green.

Town Green status means the area would be protected from future development and guarantee the community would always have access to green space.

Consultation found people supported the creation of a Town Green on the existing space.

At a Northampton Borough Council meeting last Wednesday, Rev Ted Hale of Far Cotton Residents' Association, said: "I was going to say I hope this is like most Sundays and I am preaching to the converted."

Ted was very much in favour for the Town Green being given the go-ahead. He said:

"1: The first reason is that it is in line with all three political parties.

"2: Research by local residents' groups and officers of the borough council have shown this is the will of 99 per cent of local residents. "From what I have been hearing this has to be good news.

"3: This is a good example of councillors listening to each other and co-operating.

"4: If Far Cotton can do it then so can everybody else.

"It sets a good precedent."

Cllr Paul Varnsverry (West Hunsbury, Liberal Democrat) said: "I think Rev Hale has been too modest, he" is the driving force behind this. "The residents show the strength of feeling."

Cllr Tony Woods was glad for Paul singing Rev'd Ted Kale's praises. He said: "It's not always clear who the driving force on some of these initiatives are. It is good to hear."

Deputy leader of the council Cllr Brendan Glynane (Delapre, Liberal Democrat) said: "Ted has worked hard on lots of projects in Far Cotton. "I would just ask for you to let us know what projects are coming up."