Trafford College in Altrincham is without any doubts one of Trafford’s best education facilities, it draws in students from Trafford and further out.
Because of its size and with the amount of people that use this facility a car park was developed, now the college wants to take this away along with a football pitch which local people and campaigners want to keep.
The college wants to build homes on the site which it seems no one wants, as a token gesture of good will the college has found land in Sale to dump a hockey and football pitch on, the land we have seen would not be suitable for a artificial playing surface.
It makes mores sense for the college to amend plans so the football pitch and surrounding area is kept for local people, not to be dumping another one in Sale, it is much more costly to them doing it this way and if any one has any common sense they would see the objections, the support of local councillors and the MP and abandon plans with immediate effect!
Its unfair to the residents around the Clarendon Road fields in Sale as they will have lost the green space they have always had, they will also have to put up with light pollution when people start to use the pitch which will be also intrusive.
Residents have the full backing of MP Sir Graham Brady and the Trafford Tory Group to save the football pitch at the back of the college for community use, Sir Graham Brady said: “We have lost too many playing fields to development over the years, they are a vital resource that can never be replaced. With massive over development threatened on green belt at Carrington Moss and the Timperley Wedge, this threatens still more congestion and pressure on local services.”
The college should let the community keep this football pitch and upgrade it so students can also use it, getting people fitter which increases that good feeling again, depression will ease when people are more active, Trafford Council must understand this as we come out of lockdown.
We urge Trafford Council Planning Committee to listen to what the residents are saying and refuse this application when it finally gets to be looked at by councillors.