CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save open space from development say they are delighted with the response to a protest petition.
Members of the Falmouth Action Group set up a Save Our Green Land stall outside the Bodmin Avenue shops in Falmouth Avenue, Stafford over the past week to drum up support for their campaign.
They are fighting to save open space at Falmouth Avenue, Weeping Cross, from being turned into a housing estate, and are seeking to have it classified as a village green.
They argue that the land has been used for leisure and recreation for more than half a century.
"We have spoken to one elderly lady who remembers playing there as a child 70 years ago," said one of the petition organisers, Peter MacArthur, aged 66, of Porlock Avenue.
"It has been in constant use through the years as a children’s play area and somewhere for people to walk their dogs.
"It's the only piece of wild open space we have left in this area. And it's no good telling people they should go to Cannock Chase instead - it is much too far away for young children to walk."
Staffordshire County Council is preparing a planning application for 100 houses on the land, and claims 40 per cent of the site will still be green space.
But action group member Brian Armstrong, 71, of Falmouth Avenue, said:"That part of the land is too steep and therefore unusable for recreation, so we would, in effect, be losing all our open space.
"We are very concerned at the way open space is being swallowed up by development all around here.
“It means the area is losing its character and merging into one big suburb."
Campaigners also say that it is a waste of council time and money to put in a planning application until the Falmouth Action Group’s court case to try to win village green status for the land is heard by the Supreme Court.
The case is unlikely to be heard until the end of this year.