Spalding residents protest over land sale

Protesting over the proposed sale of land are residents (from left) Arnie Neale, John Fearon, Martin Jinks, Edward Lewry, Geoff Horton, Pauline Horton, Susan Lacey and Margaret Hand. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG100712-28MD
Protesting over the proposed sale of land are residents (from left) Arnie Neale, John Fearon, Martin Jinks, Edward Lewry, Geoff Horton, Pauline Horton, Susan Lacey and Margaret Hand. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG100712-28MD

A Spalding grandmother is launching a protest against plans to sell off four pieces of land on a town housing estate.

Margaret Hand hopes to gather support from residents to stop the sale next week of the land in Helmsley Way, Spalding.

The land, measuring almost half an acre in total, is due to be sold off together at an auction in London next week.

Allsop Auctioneers, which is handling the sale, confirmed on its website that the land has “potential for development” subject to planning permission.

But Mrs Hand, who has lived in Helmsley Way for almost 30 years, fears the land will be used for new housing and ruin the “ambience” of the estate.

She said: “These pieces of land are an integral part of the estate and it’s incredible to think that they are up for sale.

“Nobody would buy them unless they wanted to build houses on them and I don’t think people understand the implications of this. I feel it would totally destroy the estate and change the whole ambience of it because they would be trying to cram as many houses in as possible.”

Mrs Hand is using her role as a local Neighbourhood Watch coordinator to tell other residents about the plans and get their support in fighting them.

She said: “The pieces of land for sale are nice, open spaces where children can play and people can walk their dogs.

“They can be used by the local community and I think it would be a shame to cram more houses on them just for the sake of it.”

A spokesman for South Holland District Council said: “These sites are subject to a dedication agreement under which the council maintains the land but does not own it.

“The auctioneers have informed us that they will be contacting local residents on the matter.”