Ryan Vowles, reading his prize-winning poem at the
for our Poetry Competition. The poem finishes with these
"So make a lot of
effort, put your heart and soul into it
And maybe, together, we can Save Manning's Pit.
The Campaign to Save
In March 2018, the Planning
Application for 41 houses in Manning's Pit was
withdrawn. In September, Manning's Pit
was listed as an Asset of Community Value. In
October, the Local Plan was adopted, with
Manning's Pit outside the development
boundary. This means that it would be unlikely
for any planning application to be successful
during the next five years. And finally,
in November, came the news that the land
owners did not ask for a review into the Asset
of Community Value Listing – they had an 8
week period in which they could have done
These are great victories to
celebrate, but we cannot say we have won the
war and saved Manning's Pit until the fields
are owned by the community, or an organisation
that would protect them on a permanent basis.
That is our goal, and we will carry on working
Onwards and Upwards!
recent quotes from our Facebook Page
our supporters' spirit.
will support Mannings Pit
forever! If I win the lottery I
will buy it for us all!"
didn’t start this campaign to
just stop it and rest on our
laurels, we won’t go away until
we know it is definitely saved
for our grandchildren and the
generations to follow.
Onwards and upward!"