Walmer residents unhappy with sportsfield move
An application by Clarendon Park Primary School to lease a portion of municipal land across the road from the school in Walmer has upset householders, who want to hold onto the area’s only “green space”. Residents in the Eighth Avenue and River Road area are opposed to the school’s plans to redevelop a piece of Outspan Park.
They said they had only received the news a little more than two weeks ago and had just four working days to lodge objections.
If the school’s application is approved, the land will be used to develop a rugby field, hockey astroturf, and a sports pavilion.
The plans include building a footbridge over Eighth Avenue.
Robyn Zieseniss, who lives directly opposite the park, said she was upset that residents had not been properly informed about the proposed development.
Zieseniss said she had received a letter from the municipality on Thursday September 22, detailing the application.
Residents were given until September 29 – effectively four working days – to object.
She had subsequently shared her grievances on Facebook on September 24.
In response to her post, the school’s governing body wrote to residents on Monday last week, detailing its intentions and spelling out the benefits of the development.
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