Village green status for recreation ground

By Sara Bryce

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

 

A RECREATION ground on the Isle of Wight, at the centre of a row between a town council and town trust, is to be made a village green.

For years campaigners have called for Yarmouth Recreation Ground, owned by Yarmouth Town Trust, to be granted village green status to protect its use for sport and outdoor pursuits by restricting development.

But trust chair Richard Leonard argued the trust was obliged to object to protect the land's value.

Yesterday (Monday) however, village green status was finally granted by the Isle of Wight Council appeals sub committee.

Applicant, former town councillor and ex-town trust chair, Peter Scott, of Station Road, said after the meeting: "Four years and five months after the application common sense has won. We're extremely pleased that our recreation ground will remain as such forever."

Mr Scott's application said the space had been used by Yarmouth residents since the 1930s and had been developed into a space where football and other sports could be played.

The trust claimed that the status could prevent the playing of organised football and that it did not meet village green requirements as any use was by permission of the town trust.

Town mayor Steve Cowley said: "We can now get on with some of the redevelopments it needs. We have already got plans for a new play area and we're already encouraging more groups to play more football, rugby and cricket there.

"The main thing is there's no more uncertainty and we can now call it our town green."

A changing room block on the site was excluded from the village green area, to allow it to be developed in the future.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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