Light Oaks Park is situated in a beautiful oasis of calm on Park Lane in Central Salford - in the heart of an historic Conservation Area.
It is well used and loved by the entire community. Several Park groups have worked hard to improve the condition of the Park over the past few years and there is a great sense of pride in our Claremont Neighbourhood Park.
Now an issue has arisen over the future of land adjacent to the Park. Salford Council is planning to sell this land for development, despite historic Covenants which restrict its use to "public and recreational" purposes only.
Are you sitting comfortably?
.....Once upon a time there was a kind and generous family called the Heywoods who settled in Irlams O'Th Height. They were well loved and respected by their neighbours and were very philanthropic.
Many churches,libraries and houses exist in the area today which were built by the family for the community.
Some of the land they donated (or sold very cheaply) to what was then Salford Corporation had Covenants attached for the benefit of future generations. A Covenant is a legal condition placed on land (an early form of planning control.)
Covenants still apply today and can only be removed in certain circumstances.
The land that we are fighting for,(Site of the former Oakwood School) has such a Covenant on it stating that it is to be used for "public or recreational use only". The Council is planning to sell it to a housing developer!
It doesn't matter if the owners of the land change or if the Covenant has been breached in the past. They are a LEGAL CONDITION and must be respected as such!