In the past, we've seen previous Wrexham councils try to ignore public opinion and build on the Nine-Acre Field - this was only saved by a determined campaign. Other sites weren't so lucky.
The Assembly measure is the result of a two-year campaign for a new law to protect playing fields
Dr Dai Lloyd AM is seeking to introduce new legislation to the Assembly that would place a duty on local authorities to consult communities before selling any playing fields for development.
He said: “This measure is incredibly important to communities fighting to save their playing fields. All too often in the past they have felt let down by the current process because it doesn’t empower them to influence decision making at an early stage. If made law, my measure will enable true and meaningful consultation with the public, at a point in the process when the public can genuinely influence the decision.
“Local authorities tell us that they want to be more citizen focussed. This measure will set a precedent for true and meaningful engagement with citizens. This more open and upfront system will, in my mind, improve the standing of local authorities and their councillors with the residents they represent.”