Thanks to everyone who has already contributed to the fundraising to protect the “green portion” of Lot 2. That’s the wilder areas of the land between top of Albion Close and Albion Crescent, the area through which the tarmac footpath runs. See below for plan.
So far £5,000 has been contributed towards the £6,500 target to fund the land purchase and associated legal costs.
To secure the area, a further £1,500 is required by 28th February. This is where we need your help.
HOW TO DONATE
If you would like to retain the character and appearance of Long Leys, and help protect it against inappropriate development, your contribution will be welcomed by BACS transfer or by cheque. Details of how to pay are available by emailing LLRA@long-leys.org.
WHY PROTECT THIS AREA?
As well as being part of the ecological network of Long Leys, providing habitat and cover for wildlife, this green portion includes a number of mature hornbeam trees that add to the character of the area, adding a clear visible backdrop. There are also attractive shrubs and foliage around the (Anglian Water owned) balancing pond.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE LAND?
The land will be gifted by LLRA to Langton Green Management Company (LGMC) to maintain it in perpetuity as part of the ecological network, adjoining land they already own and maintain as amenity open space – ensuring the long-term protection of the land, including the trees.
WHAT ABOUT THE ADOPTED PATH?
The tarmac pathway is an adopted – protected – path, so cannot be blocked or closed.The new owner of the land coloured blue is likely to widen the useable building area by diverting the top section of path, to run immediately alongside the hedge by 32 Albion Crescent.
WHAT HAPPENS IF LLRA CANNOT RAISE THE MONEY?
If the LLRA appeal fails, then individual contributions will be returned in full. Lot 2 will be combined again to form a single development plot. LLRA then expects the path to be diverted – shown by a dotted black line in the diagram overleaf. The middle section of path would run between the balancing pond and through the area which currently has the six hornbeam trees.
Please don’t let this happen.
If you have any queries on this proposal then please email LLRA@long-leys.org