A COURT battle over the future of Clayton Fields has been adjourned.
Developers Paddico had applied to the High Court to re-look at the Village Green Status on the popular Edgerton fields.
But on Wednesday the High Court announced that the hearing had been put back to give both parties more time to prepare the case.
A date for a new hearing has not yet been set.
Residents are campaigning to maintain the Village Green Status at the popular local amenity.
MP Barry Sheerman is backing them, urging them to act quickly and describing the developers as ‘greedy’.
Mike Hardy, secretary of the Clayton Fields Action Group, has lived near the fields for 25 years. He said: “There is an enormous amount of support among the community for us.
“We don’t want to see places like Clayton Fields eroded away until there is practically nothing left.
“The number of letters the Examiner has received and calls I have had show the depth of feeling.
“People do not want to lose Clayton Fields.”
Paddico are listed as a development and selling of real estate company.
When the Examiner contacted Paddico for a comment yesterday about the forthcoming proceedings, a company spokesman said they had no comment to make.
Over the past few weeks the Examiner has been inundated with letters from residents who fear the land will be developed.
And a petition by the landlord of the Junction Pub near Greenhead Park has 8,000 names so far.
But no-one has contacted the Examiner saying they would support such a move.
Clayton Fields were registered as a village green in 1997 after a successful campaign by locals to preserve residents’ right to use it in the future.
But in 2005 the land was sold to the company called Paddico.
It is thought that Paddico will ask the High Court to re-look at the Village Green Status, though they would not comment on their reasons why, or comment on speculation the land would be developed on.