CAMPAIGNERS are hopeful of success after finally submitting an application to help protect an area of green space in Mansfield.
The Friends of Spider Park have spent months preparing the application to protect Forest Road Park with a village green status.
Known locally as Spider Park, locals fear the future of the park is under threat following a dispute between residents, Mansfield District Council and Mansfield Town Football Club.
A section of the park, usually open to the public, was fenced off in July to allow the football club to train, a move agreed by Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Egginton. Many of the locals accused the mayor, and the council, of illegally allowing a public space to be closed off.
Having set up the action group, there are growing fears that the area will be snapped up by developers, with plans in place for housing on an adjacent site already.
Under village green status, it could eventually protect the park from development.
After delivering the application to Nottinghamshire County Council, chairman Janet Saunders said: “We have done a lot of research and a lot of work has gone into this.
“As far as we’re aware, the council has never approved a village green application, but we hope there’s a first time!”