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Brownhills Bob on June 14, 2008

This parcel of land is all that remains of the meadow, most of which is now, in the words of one of the comments here, 'a large Luxury David Wilson Housing Development' - in other words a modern, pattern built estate.

Often, when one runs out of cash, the family silver is first to go, then lesser stuff finds its way onto eBay and then the junk ends up at a car boot sale - it was at the metaphorical boot sale that Walsall MBC sold the meadow to raise cash. It was pitched to the residents of Brownhills that although we'd lose green space, we'd also be getting a leisure development on a corner of the site - maybe a cinema, shops, that kind of thing.

The rabbit hutches were built, but any attempt to get the leisure development for the rest of us has met with stony disapproval by the luxury residents and their councilors who seem rather concerned that their peace shouldn't be disturbed. Presumably, the original statements were a sham and the land will eventually go for... more housing.

This is galling for those of us who liked the greenery - our objections were ignored, but now we can't satisfy the original promise as it may upset the new residents... most irritating of all was reading a report in the local press in which a local councilor detailed exactly what they would accept on the site.

Some of our representatives need to remember tat they speak for all of the community, not just the bits of it they particularly favour.

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