Does your Council own a green space which you would like to see protected and enjoyed by local people for ever? If so, the Open Spaces Society recommends that you consider voluntarily registering it as a town or village green. You can do this, under section 15(8) of the Commons Act 2006, with your county or unitary council, which makes no charge for the application. Once registered as a green, local people will enjoy the right to recreation there, and the space is protected for ever from development—what a gift to your community!
It is more important now than ever to secure our green spaces. The restrictions on movement have meant that people have discovered how essential their local open spaces are to good health and sanity. But here is the irony: green spaces are under threat from the government’s destruction of the planning system, as outlined in the white paper of autumn last year and subsequent ‘consultations’. The Open Spaces Society is deeply concerned that just when we need them most green spaces are at growing risk of development.
So please do consider whether, if your Council is fortunate enough to own a green space, you can register it as a green. In the last year, local Councils have successfully registered green spaces at Scorton in North Yorkshire and the Open Spaces Society’s home town of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
The Society explains on their website how this is done, with a how-to-do it guide to take your Council through the process. And the Society’s case officers are on hand to give you further assistance if you need it.
Your Council can make a difference. Find out more about the Grant A Green Campaign.