Lib Dems stand up for Warren Farm wildlife and force special Council meeting

By Guest

1st Aug 2022 | Local News

On Thursday 4th August at 7pm there will be a specially arranged public meeting in Ealing Town Hall relating to Warren Farm. The Liberal Democrat Group have 'called in' a decision which is a process where a Council decision is vetoed to allow for an extra meeting to be set up to review the initial decision. The 'call in' meeting is a public meeting and people can attend in person or watching on-line.

Liberal Democrats want to see Warren Farm and all sections of land in this area to be classified with a Local Nature Reserve status. Ealing Council wants to site a cricket field on Warren Farm despite the endangered skylarks likely to be lost if the plan gets the go ahead.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm, Leader of the Opposition on Ealing Council said: "Liberal Democrats have called in the decision by Ealing Council for review so that they can hopefully change their mind and recommend that the Council does not allow any sporting activity on Warren Farm to protect the endangered wildlife like the Skylark who nest there. There are lots of other sites in Ealing and neighbouring boroughs where people can play cricket, football and sport, so this land should be completely rewilded to help the environment."

Gary Malcolm added: "If you would like to watch the meeting please log on to Ealing Council's Youtube account which you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/user/EalingCouncil/featured"

Katie Boyles, Brent River & Canal Society trustee and Warren Farm Nature Reserve campaign organizer said: "Warren Farm Nature Reserve is an irreplaceable rewilded community asset here in Ealing. It is a unique area grassland containing a number of vulnerable and rare species, several of which are facing extinction in London and the UK. The wide expanse makes it ideal for many rare species such as our Skylarks."

Katie Boyles added: "If Warren Farm were to be lost or split up with just part of it left to nature, the ecological value of the site would be significantly diminished. The development of any part of it would amount to an irreversible loss of the biodiversity we know to be thriving here that could not be offset by re-wilding other areas – Warren Farm Nature Reserve is exceptional. It is essential that we preserve this vital green space for the borough for both wildlife and the local community. The entire site must be officially designated and safeguarded as the Local Nature Reserve it has shown itself to be."

     

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