A 20-ACRE recreation field for youth activities is being recommended for approval despite fierce opposition from villagers who fear ‘unwelcome visitors’.
Villagers near Tarvin say the plan would create ‘serious concerns for public safety’, ‘significant’ noise and ‘major highways problems’.
Broomheath Plantation, on Broomheath Lane, Stapleford, will offer a range of activities for young people including camping, Christmas tree sales and recycling, and quad biking if the plan is approved next week by Chester City Council.
Simon Harding, of Northwich, who is married with two children, wants to plough £300,000 into the project which he received from health insurance after nearly dying twice from cancer.
Tarvin Parish Council has told planners it ‘strongly’ objected to the plan.
It lists its concerns as a risk of fire from camping and that ‘neighbouring residents’ security will be threatened’. Chairman David Cotgreave said: ‘There will be more people about which in the countryside might upset people and they may think they are more likely to have unwelcome visitors.’
Speaking at Monday’s parish council meeting, Mark Farrall, 43, of Long Acre, Broomheath Lane, Stapleford, said: ‘There’s more activity there than when the farmers owned it. My child goes to Cubs in Waverton and because there’s not enough people going to it they’re talking about shutting it down. And he’s on about building a Scout hut.’
Cheshire Scouts District Commissioner David Bull said: ‘There’s no intention of it being a weekly meeting place. It would provide facilities for forestry and conservation work. We would not be using quad bikes.
‘We are working on a support plan for improving Tarvin.’