Plans that would’ve seen the Three Elms Trading Estate expand onto Grandstand Park were this week withdrawn by Herefordshire Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.
The news was a cause for celebration for many local people including the Grandstand Road Residents Association, which had mounted a campaign to save the tennis courts.
“It’s such brilliant news – we’re over the moon,” said Sue Jones.
Campaigns like these are important for a number reasons, most obviously for the health benefits that free sports facilities provide as well as the environmental benefits of having urban green spaces for residents to enjoy.
They are also important in giving us the confidence to take on other, sometimes bigger, battles: if we can beat the council and save a park, what’s next? Traffic calming measures? More cycle paths?
Maybe winning a small battle with the council can inspire a similar battle with a landlord or boss.
Whatever action this encourages it’s great news for the people of Grandstand Road, Three Elms and Bobblestock.
Well done to all.