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A campaign group set up to fight for the future of their local park are celebrating after receiving reassurances off the council that the land would not be used for housing.

Friends of Onchan Park was set up nine months ago after the council announced that several council-run sites would be looked at for housing development to help meet demand.

The group feared that the park, on Oakdale Road, in Carlton might be one chosen for housing

But now the group have received a letter from Gedling Borough Council leader Cllr John Clarke in which he makes assurances that “the whole park’s future is secure and none of the land will be developed for housing.”

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He also told the campaigners in the letter that he “hopes [they] can work together to improve the facilities.”

The campaign to Save Onchan Park has been supported strongly by local people and community leaders.

The Facebook group set up in January gained over 1000 followers over two days. Their petition against the sale of the land to developers gathered 850 signatures.

A “Summer Fun Day” in July attracted many people and brought the plight of the park to the attention of the local media.

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PCC Paddy Tipping attended the event and backed the campaign to save the Carlton green space.

He said: ‘“I think the council know the strength of feeling, but an event like that brings people together, shows support for the park, and I hope the council listen very carefully to local opinion.”

A spokeswoman for the group said they now hope they can work on making improvements to the park now its future is secure.

She said: “An online survey and focus groups reaching to over 1000 locals will inform the future plans for improving the park, pavilion and greenspace.

“The group can now apply for grant funding to create a community hub and completely renovate the park, working with Gedling Borough Council.”

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Council leader Cllr John Clarke said: “I have written to the Friends of Onchan Park chair and advised that the park’s future is secure and there were no plans for the park to be re-developed for housing.

“The park does need improvements and we will be keen to work together with the Friends of group to make suitable joint bids for funding. We also want to expand on the community involvement with the park and prevent any re-occurrence of previous anti-social behaviour in the area.”

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