Labour vote down protecting Sheffield's parks

Sheffield City Council’s Labour administration showed their true intentions again today by voting down a proposal by the Liberal Democrats to not sell of any further park land in Sheffield.

This comes on the back of the revelation in The Sheffield Telegraph that that council was considering selling off ‘liabilities’ like Cobnar Cottage.

Cobnar Cottage, which was part of the land gifted to the people of Sheffield by Alderman J.G Graves to be used as parkland ‘in perpetuity’, was sold in February despite massive public opposition and a 12,000 strong petition presented to the Council.

Community groups believe that the sale would be the ‘thin end of the wedge’ and lead to other sales across the city.

The Labour council had previously tried to sell the Norton Nurseries, another part of Graves Park but this was stopped by the Liberal Democrats in 2011.

Cllr Penny Baker, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Parks and Neighbourhood said

“Today has yet again shown that Sheffield’s parks and green spaces are not safe in the hands of Labour. “If our Labour Council weren’t planning other sales, why would they vote down the proposal?

“Our parks, trees and green open spaces are what make Sheffield so special and unique and such a great place to live. The Liberal Democrats have a commitment to keeping Sheffield green for future generations.”

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