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Neighbours save ‘Teletubby Hill’
From left: Denise Hodkinson, Cllr Tom Hargreaves, Cllr Gareth Cross, Clare Whittle, Sam Brooks-Birkett with local children
A COMMUNITY has pulled out all the stops to save ‘Teletubby Hill’ from development.
The New Bold landmark, affectionately named after the children’s TV programme, was due to be put up for auction but passionate pleas from residents working in hand with local councillors persuaded developers Greenbelt Holdings Limited to cancel the auction.
Now New Bold Community Group want St Helens Council to buy and maintain the site but residents are also considering purchasing the site and securing it for future generations.
The group, headed by Denise Hodkinson, Clare Whittle and Sam Brooks-Birkett, started the race to save the hill after learning the land was being offered for sale only a month before the auction date.
“I contacted Councillor Tom Hargreaves who arranged a meeting with council officers at the site to discuss a possible way forward,” said Mrs Hodkinson.
Within a few days, meetings were called within the council, a public meeting on the New Bold Estate received overwhelming support to save the site, and a plan of action began.
The community group, councillors and council departments worked together to halt the sale.
Cllr Tom Hargreaves said: “Local councillors and St Helens Council are committed to securing the long term future of Teletubby Hill.”
Mrs Hodkinson said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support from our councillors, St Helens Council, MP Shaun Woodward and Council Leader Barrie Grunewald. All worked tirelessly on our behalf, and would like to thank them.
“We have asked the council to purchase the land and maintain it. If that is not possible we will pursue a private purchase and look at gifting it to a charity or organisation with a covenant that the land may not be sold while the New Bold Estate is in existence.”