MP calls for debate as firm ignore field plea

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THE fight to return a piece of unused land to the public has stepped up a gear.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has raised the plight of the Stokesmead field in the House of Commons.

The field, in Alverstoke, Gosport, is owned by Abbey Homes. The firm has refused to give it to the community.

As reported, Anglesey Conservation Group held an open meeting over the site’s future and more than 500 people are backing their call.

Speaking in the commons, Ms Dinenage said: ‘For 30 years a company called Abbey Homes have been sitting on the Stokesmead site in my Gosport constituency, unable to develop it and yet unwilling to sell to the local borough council, or indeed to local residents.’

Ms Dinenage said she will now call for an adjournment debate over the field and other firms holding on to land.

Judy Newell, from the campaign, said it was fabulous that Ms Dinenage raised it.

She said: ‘We want to keep the momentum going.’

People in the campaign plan to write to the firms’ directors.