Village Green Application by Jill Little.

I am happy to report that my application to register the South Marston recreation field as a Village Green has been received by Swindon Borough Council.

As many of you know, the land was purchased by village residents for recreational use. I have submitted the application in order to try and preserve it so that villagers may enjoy the land for recreational purposes now and in years to come. As reported in the September 2010 Tower & Tap, attendees of the Village Development workshop had a clear preference for “retention of current recreational ground and its expansion in the village central area”. Village Greens are protected by 19th century legislation making it unlawful to interfere with the right of local inhabitants to indulge in sports and pastimes there.

The current recreational field meets the criteria for Village Green status in the aspect of being used for more than 20 years and is probably the only area in the village which could be preserved in this way. Preservation of the land will not incur a charge to village residents. The Open Spaces Society says “this will protect it from development for ever and preserve it for use by local people”.

Thanks to all those who have supported the application. Please feel free to call me on 820823 if you have any questions.

Jill Little, South Marston

For reasons outlined in a post from Colin McEwen, the Parish Councils view is that this application should be opposed. This planning application will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on 15th Feb.

6 thoughts on “Village Green Application by Jill Little.”

  1. There are a number of questions that need to be addressed by the PC. Most notably will SBC in the end agree with the Village Vision, whatever the PC decides that will be. The expansion of the school or otherwise will of course be influenced by what the village is allowed to do.

    This is clearly an issue that should be put to the registered voters of the Parish in the form of a referendum. That is the democratic way to decide this, I would hope that the PC would acknowledge this.

    1. Far too many recreation areas have been lost during the rapid expansion of Swindon. We should all be campaigning for more green spaces,not giving up any that we currently enjoy. With the forthcoming growth of South Marston comes the need for preservation of our recreation field, for our children and our childrens children. This land was bought and paid for by the villagers and I find it somewhat disconcerting to read the statement that it is owned by the Parish Council. They may, indeed, have their name on the deeds as someone must, but let us all hope that they act in the interests of the majority of the village who have expressed their desire to retain the rec in its entirety.

    1. Bob,

      I removed it. As I had explained to you in emails that I do not believe that it is appropriate for a survey to be held at this stage until everyone is fully aware of the pro’s and con’s of the situation. Until people can make an informed decision the results of any survey on the subject are not really valid. Uninformed opinion should never be used as the basis for decision making.

      Also the website has the ability to run polls itself, and publish the results directly within the website. I would be more than a little cautious of any survey being run by a third party, especially by someone who is not independent in their opinions regarding village development, as the results would not be transparent.

      Anyway, I have left your previous post up, with your survey link in.

      However, I still believe that the correct forum for any discussion on this subject is at the Parish Council meeting, as highlighted in Colin’s original post on the subject.

      But Bob, please do not try my patience again on this.



  2. Donald, I am sorry I was under the impression you operated this site on behalf of the village, as for ‘trying your patience’, why is trying to see democracy in the village trying your patience. Does your brief include censorship.

    1. Democracy is a political form of government in which governing power is derived from the people, by consensus (consensus democracy), by direct referendum (direct democracy), or by means of elected representatives of the people (representative democracy).

      The representatives for the village are the parish council. They are willing to debate the issue in the parish council meeting on 15th Feb, to which supporters and objecters can attend so that they can understand the issues on both sides before making a final decision. This is clearly explained here.

      If anyone wants to hold a survey regarding the villagers opinions, then this should be initiated by the parish council. The questions and the results could then be publicly available. As yet I have not been asked to do this.

      Regarding the website itself, I give my own free time to maintain the site, put posts up etc, and apply quality control. I am not paid for this work, and for the most part I do enjoy it. But having to repeatedly defend myself against your insinuations that the website is not independent really does try my patience.

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