When the Council advertised the fact that they were planning to dispose of the land and invited objections, in less than a week SOAG presented a petition of almost 4000 signatures. It said:
"I urge the Council to keep the Ashton Institute and all the land within Ashton Gardens free from property developers"
We also provided 4,000 individually signed letters of objection before the closing date.
Altogether we handed in almost 8,000 objections, but the Council set them aside and sold the land