MORE than 250 protesters attended a "Save Our School Playing Field" rally at Yateley.

They braved an icy wind to voice their objections to Hampshire County Council's sell-off plan.

The open-air meeting was held on the edge of the threatened seven-acre playing field at Yateley School.

Lib-Dem County Councillor Adrian Collett told the objectors: "This proposal must be stopped."

He said it flew in the face of statistics which revealed there was a severe shortage of playing fields in the town.

Furthermore, building around 100 homes on the site would add to the urbanisation of Yateley, he claimed.

Coun Collett, who helped organise the meeting, called on local people to write protest letters to Coun Don Allen, county council executive member for education.

He said that Coun Allen and his colleagues should be left in no doubt about the strength of opposition to the scheme.

"We were delighted with the turn-out at the rally," said Coun Collett last Friday. "We only had three days to organise it."

As part of their campaign, the protesters have sent a 642-signature petition to county education chiefs at Winchester.

The education authority is proposing to sell the playing field which, in their view, is surplus to requirements.