A group of residents in Pontypool, Torfaen, south Wales, are fighting to save a play area from being turned into a housing estate.

Families are attempting to stop plans laid out by Bron Afon Community Homing to build 11 new homes on the grassed area between neighbourhoods.

A petition by the residents of North, East and High Street has already gained 300 signatures and has been presented to Torfaen Borough Council. Bron Afon knocked on doors in November 2011 to inform residents of the plans but they have been met with anger.

Mother-of-seven Debbie Newman told the South Wales Argus: "There is nowhere for the children to play, you would think they would build a park there. Children use it for football, the last thing we want is houses there."

Bron Afon currently has 8,028 homes on the market in Torfaen with a further 911 leasehold flats.

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