Belfast Telegraph

Residents' concern at playing fields plan

By Linda Stewart

Residents battling to save one of the few open green spaces in Andersonstown in west Belfast say a planning application by De La Salle College is causing tension within the community.

Glassmullin Green served as a temporary housing site for people fleeing their homes as the Troubles engulfed Belfast in 1969 and is now a public open green space surrounded by houses.

Residents are fighting to save the green after De La Salle College lodged a planning application to develop an artificial turf pitch, changing facilities, parking, floodlights and fencing.

Friends of Glassmullin Green spokeswoman Aithne Kerrigan said the amount of open green space was limited and this proposal would take away about 60% of the green and cause traffic congestion in a built-up area.

Earlier this year De La Salle issued a statement saying: "De La Salle does not have its own playing fields due in the main to the school's location. The result is that pupils are denied a facility to which they are entitled. The creation of these new facilities would deliver a range of benefits."

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