On 31st May, 2014, the "Save Barton Farm Group" was wound up.
For fifteen years the Group had campaigned energetically against the building of 2,000 homes and associated buildings and infrastructure on the green fields that provided one of the important green 'lungs' of the ancient city of Winchester. In granting planning consent for this development the Secretary of State, aided by the local authority, demolished the expressed hopes and wishes of thousands of citizens and put an end for ever to this particularly valued part of our green and pleasant land.
That decision, having been made, leaves our Group without its fundamental purpose. Many of our supporters and activists will continue to be involved in campaigning to ensure that the building over Barton Farm will be as inoffensive as possible but there are a number of other groups and organisations that are leading the way in this and involvement with these is how our supporters can, and will, continue to contribute.
In making this announcement, we want to pay particular tribute to the widely admired leadership of our previous Chairman, Gavin Blackman, who devoted so much time, effort and wisdom to leading our campaign. Likewise our former Secretary, Mrs Chris Slattery, worked tirelessly for the campaign and represented us skilfully and persuasively at many of the meetings, Inquiries and Public Hearings. We owe them a real debt of gratitude.
So, "Save Barton Farm Group" is shutting up shop. Accordingly this website is no longer active. We are not taking it down immediately. Some of its content will remain for a while as an archive of our past activities, notices, information and events, since these may be of interest for a while. It will not, however, be a 'live' or maintained website from now on.
In announcing this closing down, may I thank my former Committee colleagues for their support and also the hundreds, even thousands, of you who have been our Supporters for so many years.Thank you and goodbye !