Playing fields bid for Diamond Jubilee status

Six recreational sites across west Cheshire will be protected as a 'permanent living legacy to the Queen' if plans are approved under a national project for the Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, operated by Fields in Trust, is a campaign to protect today's outdoor recreational spaces in communities across the country as a part of the legacy programme for the Diamond Jubilee, London Olympics and Paralympics.

The scheme covers sports pitches, woodlands, children's play areas, gardens, bicycle trails and parks.

The cabinet of Cheshire West & Chester Council has approved plans to safeguard Rossmore in Ellesmere Port; Whitby Park, also Ellesmere Port; Grozone, Northwich; Park Fields, Parkgate; Edgar's Field, Chester and Rivacre Valley Park, Ellesmere Port. The six sites will now go forward to be considered by FIT trustees.

Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and recreation, said: "Nominated land must have the principle use of outdoor sport, play and or recreation, be a minimum of half an acre in size and be under Council ownership or control. We asked community groups and local people for their help in nominating pieces of land accessible to the public – receiving some really great options.

"This decision means that the first six will now go forward to FIT, whilst we continue to investigate other potential sites for inclusion later in the year."

Work continues to investigate the potential of a further five sites – The Park, Tattenhall; Lache Field, Chester; St Anne's Field; Chester, Moss Farm, Northwich and Shelley Road, Chester.

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