Open spaces for recreation and sport must be protected

Broadcasting legend'''Fred Dinenage    Picture: Malcolm Wells (141209-0357) PPP-140425-154506001

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We’re a nation mad about football, are staging the Olympics next year and many of us are passionate about supporting England as they attempt to win the Rugby World Cup – again.

We can be proud of our tradition of producing world-class sportsmen and women.

But where did their love for sport begin? As kids in parks and on playing fields.

Yet government planning reforms are going to threaten thousands of open spaces used for sport and recreation.

Yes, we need to find room for more houses. But not at the expense of such precious pieces of land.

Many sports clubs can’t afford their own pitches and have to hire them. Where will they go if that land is sold off for development?

Olympic legacy? Don’t make me laugh.