THEY have been fighting to get their village green back for the past three decades – and residents are still determined to carry on.
More than 200 people packed out St Mary’s Church, in Green Road, Alverstoke, to give their view on what they want for Stokesmead.
And overwhelmingly everyone agreed they want it in public use as a green space for the community.
The meeting was hosted by the Anglesey Conservation Group, which has vowed to continue the fight.
Judy Newell, of the group, said: ‘We will not give up the fight.
‘We asked people for a show of hands on how many would approve of the land being used as a village green – every single hand went up.’
More than 200 people attended, along with Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.
Residents agreed to write to the managing director and board of directors of Abbey Homes, which owns the land, with their views.
As reported, the disputed land is between Little Anglesey Road and Clayhall Road in Alverstoke.
Abbey Homes has tried to win permission to build homes on the site three times but was refused by the planning inspector each time.
The firm wants to swap the field for Gosport Borough Council-owned land where it could build homes – but the council has refused to do this.
Abbey Homes were invited to the meeting, but refused and said in a letter it still wishes to develop on the land.
Councillor Bob Forder, who represents the Anglesey ward, said: ‘I would like to express my disappointment that Abbey Homes were not here, and have found them very difficult to deal with.’
Residents want to see the land used as a village green or community open space.
John Parry, 83, of Bramley Gardens, said: ‘I would like to see it come back as open space.
‘It could be the village green we don’t have, and that’s what I would like. It could be used for community events, village fetes and sports.’
Adrian Knight, 80, of Bramley Gardens, has lived in the area all his life.
He said: ‘I have seen it as open space, and that’s what I want to see it as again.
‘This has been going on for years, and the council has tried getting the land through a compulsory purchase order, but that didn’t work either.
‘But we still want to keep it as open space so you can play cricket or football on it.’