Who we are
The Oundle Recreation and Greenspaces Group, (ORGSG) is a community group set up in 2016 to protect the town’s accessible greenspaces. Since we formed, we have campaigned to retain playing fields in Oundle, and supported the Town Council in their applications for Community Asset listing and Village Green Registration of Fletton Field.
ORGSG is established under constitution. Our Management Committee currently includes local residents, Christina Cork, Neil Fraser, Andy Jeavons and Sophie Antonelli. Charitable status is actively being sought.
We have launched a Community wide Crowdfunding bid to purchase and secure the future of Fletton Field in the centre of Oundle.
- Fletton field was the Primary School’s playing field until 2016 when the primary school moved to a new location.
- The site was put up for sale by the current land owner, Northamptonshire County Council (NCC). Their intention is to sell this site for development. However NCC had planning permission for housing on this site refused, citing lack of alternative greenspace provision amongst the reasoning.
- East Northamptonshire District (ENC) Councillors have listed Fletton Field as an Asset of Community Value allowing the local Community the opportunity to raise funds and submit a bid for the land. The deadline for bids is late August.
Parks and green spaces are proven to help people stay physically and mentally well; places where we can all move, breathe, run and play. They are an important tool to drive social cohesion, combat loneliness and build community spirit. There is a growing body of evidence that recognises the immense value of accessible green space within towns for our wider health and wellbeing. A fact recognised by the County Council’s own Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
Oundle already has a lack of accessible greenspace. 10 times less per person than Raunds, and 5 times less than Burton Latimer. Losing this field will further reduce Oundle’s accessible amenity greenspace by 40%. (see the green spaces graph)
The location of Fletton Field makes it particularly important. It’s close proximity to local sheltered housing, care homes, Fletton House (the Community Hub centre), the Doctors surgery and the Library makes this site the most widely accessible green space within the town; demonstrably proved by the evidence submitted to the Village Green public inquiry.
Fletton field has never been recommended as a potential development site for inclusion in Oundle’s Neighbourhood Plan. NCC’s secondary proposal for this site now states this field is the only location for extra care elderly living. However there are alternative, redundant buildings in Oundle close by and numerous other development sites proposed in the Neighbourhood plan that could accommodate this need.
How you can help save Fletton Field
If you can, please pledge what you can to our land purchase fund via our crowdfunding website on spacehive.com
Pledges will only be charged if we are successful in our bid to Northants County Council.
Other ways you can help?
We welcome any and all help from across the Community; in any way you feel you can – from volunteers to help in getting the word out, talking to local organisations and business, sharing our campaign on social media. Or maybe you are an experienced trustees keen to join the Charity board that will be established to hold the land in Trust.
To join our team please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“ It is beyond any dispute that the town needs more amenity greenspaces. Fletton Field is of critical importance to the town, in terms of its size, location and feel. Across the UK many local communities, just like Oundle, have successfully raised funds to save their greenspaces. There is no reason why Oundle can’t also secure this last remaining area of freely accessible greenspace for all of its residents.”
Christina Cork, Chair of Oundle Recreation and Greenspaces Group
the year Fletton Field established as public space
times less accessible green space in Oundle than comparable towns