WREXHAM footballers have joined forces with Save Open Spaces (SOS) Wales campaigners in the fight to save the town's Nine Acre Field.
A campaign by residents, concerned about the loss of open space, was launched after news broke of a proposed sell-off by Wrexham Council.
Wrexham resident Lynne Hayes, of Bakers Lane, is spearheading the campaign. She said: 'SOS Wales is delighted to have the support of Wrexham Football Club's players. Without fields like Nine Acre this professional team would not exist. All the lads have got on board because at some point they have all used fields like it for practice and training.
'Every member of the team is aware of how important it is to protect the playing fields and open spaces of our communities. We are committed to push for greater protection of playing fields, particularly in settled and already overdeveloped areas. At the moment, we have very little protection in Wales, and playing field losses are not monitored as they are in England. The law needs changing.'
Lynne said: 'We have the support of our AM Dr John Marek and our Conservative AM for Mid and West Wales Lisa Francis.
'I went to see our MP Ian Lucas and he too has condemned the sell-off policy. I have written to our Sports Minister, Alan Pugh, and he is raising the issues with the Welsh Assembly. And local councillor Chris Stubbs and members of other wards have also condemned the sell off. Things are looking good.
'We had further good news from The Sports Council for Wales (SCW), a statutory consultee on planning pertaining to sport pitches and open spaces. Upon Wrexham Council's submission of Draft Development Guidelines concerning the Nine Acre Field, the Sports Council have objected to the draft proposal.
'Our council has told SCW the public hardly ever uses Nine Acre Field, I have said this is untrue, people do use it and would use it a lot more if they actually unlocked the entrance to the field.
'SCW have also asked for sight of the covenants on the land as I have informed them the council keeps telling me the covenants are not for public view. If there really is nothing to see why hide it? Our council have promised to have an open government.'
Wrexham Council's chief legal and administration officer, Trevor Coxon said: 'Unfortunately the Council's deeds to land are not documents which are in law available for public inspection.
'I am not permitted to release documents to the public which are not publicly available. Were I to release this information I would be likely to breach the Officer Code of Conduct to which we must all adhere.
'The Council's Publication Scheme on our website itemises all council information which is available for public inspection.'
A council spokesperson added: 'The council will welcome comments both on the principle of developing part of the site, and on the detailed proposals set out in the draft guidance.
'The Council would like to receive comments by Friday, May 14. All comments will be carefully considered before the guidance is finalised.'
Comments should be set out in writing, and forwarded to the Chief Planning Officer at Lambpit Street, PO Box 1290, Wrexham LL11 1WL. What do you think of the Council's sell-off proposal. Contact the Mail on 01978 351515 with your views.