Green spaces to be protected
GREEN spaces in Hoddesdon and Goffs Oak are to be protected from development in honour of the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.
The Old Highway Recreation Ground and Goffs Oak playing fields will be subject to a covenant by Fields in Trust (FiT).
Cllr Hazel Jackson (Con, Bury Green), pictured, cabinet member for direct services, said: “2012 is an exciting year in the UK with two major events scheduled, Her Majesty the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.
“The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, headed by its patron the Duke of Cambridge and operated by Fields in Trust, is a programme to protect outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy of these landmark occasions.
“The locations that the council has identified to be included are Cedars Park, Old Highway recreation ground and Goffs Oak playing field.”
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge will protect a diverse range of outdoor space, from sports pitches to woodlands, children’s play areas to gardens and bicycle trails to parks to ensure that there is something for everyone.
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge gives communities an opportunity to vote for an outdoor space in their area to become part of the scheme and be permanently protected as a tribute to the Diamond Jubilee.
A spokesman for FiT said: “Whether you live in a dense city or the middle of the countryside recreational spaces are the heart of any community and the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge will ensure that these outdoor spaces are guaranteed for future generations.
“Securing access to grassroots sporting facilities is particularly relevant given the other milestone event taking place in the UK in 2012 – the London Olympics. What better way to mark the greatest sporting show on earth?”
As featured in the Hertfordshire Mercury.