Sheffield campaigner up for award

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CAMPAIGNING Sheffield resident Derek Hutchinson has been selected as a finalist in national awards.

Mr Hutchinson was among Woodhouse Mill residents who pushed for playing fields in the area to be saved from plans for a new road, by having them protected under a scheme to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The fields were on the route of a proposed link road to a housing development.

The campaign led to the fields being accepted into the Queen Elizabeth II Fields scheme, which aims to preserve green spaces.

Mr Hutchinson has been selected as a finalist for the regional QEII community champion award for work promoting the scheme.

He is now set to travel to Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, for a dinner on Thursday, November 29, where the winner will be revealed.

Mr Hutchinson said: “I am just happy that we have the field in trust and that everyone played their part in obtaining a goal which looked impossible three years ago.”