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.