THE MAN who spearheaded the biggest countryside protest in the history of the borough has thrown down another gauntlet.
Karl Mayer has challenged the two MPs and council leaders to untangle all of the red tape and put Bedworth Woodlands back into the Green Belt.
Around 14,000 people signed a petition the last time the ‘green lung’ between Nuneaton and Bedworth was threatened.
The borough council recently renewed its pledge to fight to protect the land from the developers.
But there are fears that the Woodlands is again under threat and Karl Mayer insisted: “The time for talking is over.
“Why can’t we all get together and find the quickest, easiest and simplest way of returning the Woodlands to Green Belt?”
He wants to call a meeting between the two MPs, Marcus Jones and Dan Byles, the leader of the borough council Dennis Harvey and the Conservative leader Des O’ Brien.
“The meeting could also include the head of the legal department at the Town Hall, the portfolio holder, chairman of planning and representatives of the Nicholas Chamberlaine Trust and other landowners,” he said.
“Everybody keeps saying they are committed to saving the Woodlands so why don’t we stop talking about it and do something about it once and for all.”
He added: “I am only a simple window cleaner, but it make sense to me to include everybody involved and get something done before we are landed with yet another planning application.”
Much of the land at the Woodlands is owned by the Arbury Estate and the Nicholas Chamberlaine Trust.
But pockets of it are in private ownership and Karl Mayer said: “There are strong rumours that a local developer is about to submit a planning application for some of it and that could be the thin edge of the wedge unless we act.”