According to the “Save Lowfields Playing Field Action Groups“ Facebook page the Ainsty Internal Drainage Board is unhappy with the Council’s plans to develop the playing field.
The Drainage Board comments come a few days after Sport England recorded a formal (holding) objection to the plans. Sport England say that the Council proposed alternative football pitch location (Sim Balk Lane) is unconvincing with any facility there likely to be used mainly by Bishopthorpe.
Concerns about water run off rates, from what is currently a self draining grassed field, are not unexpected.
A glace at the Council unimaginative serried rows of new houses (see left) as well as offering little streetscape relief, have minimal green space provision.
Hard surfaces increase water run off rates and neighbouring properties could be adversley affected.
Hopefully the Council will now withdraw its proposals and come with something that not only increases the availability of homes in the area but also addresses some endemic failings.
Not least amongst these are the lack of open space and sports pitches in the Westfield ward.
One of the consequences of poor leisure and other public services is that life expectancy in the area is significantly below the Citywide average