"We must not allow the lure of a quick buck to deprive our children of a green field to play on," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary.
One playing field vital to local sport is being built upon almost every week, despite Government safeguards meant to prevent this, figures released today by Sport England have shown. The statistics also reveal that 15 school playing fields were built on last year.
Commenting, Don Foster said:
“The Government has talked endlessly about protecting our playing fields but has consistently broken its promise to do so.
“With activity levels so low and obesity rising we must not allow the lure of a quick buck to deprive our children of a green field to play on.
“The Government must do a lot more to protect these precious spaces to prevent more being lost to unscrupulous developers.”