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More houses, less parks

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Residents from a street in Bradford have expressed their discontent at housing developers who plan on building five new homes on their only remaining community play area.

Grosvenor Road, in Manningham, currently has one small area of land which local children use to play safely, just away from the busy Manningham Lane.

However, an application put forward by Firebird Homes, a subsidiary of Manningham Housing Association, could soon see this bit of land turned into the site of the city’s latest housing development.

UNHAPPY: Local residents from Grosvenor Street have protested against any development at the site which is used regularly by children despite park equipment being removed two years ago, Ansar Miah pictured far right

UNHAPPY: Local residents from Grosvenor Street have protested against any development at the site which is used regularly by children despite park equipment being removed two years ago, Ansar Miah pictured far right

Ansar Miah is one resident from the street who is helping to publicise the appeal against any development on the land which he believes is crucial for the local community.

“This land used to be a park with swings and slides,” he explained. “A couple of years ago Yorkshire Housing came down and removed it all, saying they were going to replace it but nothing ever happened.

“Instead now we are hearing that they are going to build houses on the site which would leave the kids nowhere to play in an already built up area.

“Just further down from us the council have already approved planning for more than 200 new houses so are these five homes really going to be that beneficial to anyone?”

Mr Miah said he remembered playing in the park more than 20 years ago and his children regularly use the space for activities.

He now worries that they will have to travel across busy roads to play outdoors, which could be dangerous without adult supervision.

“There is another park nearby but it is not close enough for children to just go on their own without a parent,” he added.

“My biggest concern is that this kind of thing seems to be happening across the city. Parks are being removed to make way for housing and eventually the city is going to have nowhere for children to go or the elderly to walk around.”

A statement issued by Yorkshire Housing read: “The play area has not been used as such for a number of years. The play equipment was removed in 2010.

“We have received feedback from local people of the play area becoming a health and safety concern. We knew this space could be put to much better use for the community.”

The street have begun a petition to reject any proposals to develop on the land and have so far collected more than 50 signatures.

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