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Poll result says yes to local green space hope for Chatteris meadow

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A town's voters have said yes to designating an historic meadow a local green space in a bid to save it from development.

However, less than 13 per cent of those eligible to vote in the parish poll held yesterday (Tuesday) in Chatteris took the opportunity to have their say.

Of the 1,085 people who did vote the overwhelming majority, 996, were in favour of making the Wenny Meadow a local green space.

Campaigners want to save Wenny Meadow from development. (57192508)
Campaigners want to save Wenny Meadow from development. (57192508)

There 83 votes against the motion and six spoilt ballot paper.

Chatteris has 8,393 registered voters, which meant the turn out for the poll was just 12.9 per cent.

But, as the town council has previously warned every household will have to pay for the costs of the vote, which as yet are unknown, but are likely to run into £1,000s, through their council tax bills.

Despite the low turn-out the Wenny Meadow campaign team declared the result "decisive" and now hope Fenland District Council will designate the land as a local green space in its emerging local plan for the town.

Developer Cannon Kirk want to build around 93 homes on the land, which was once part of an historic manor parkland, and is popular with local dog walkers.

The homes scheme is part of a proposed larger development of 350 houses on land surrounding the meadow.

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