The news concerned a new insurance product. Insurance against your property being an English village green!
The wider fraternity of lawyers is catching on to the the reality of these bogus 'greens'. Here is an extract - entirely accurate in its analysis - from the introductory leaflet for this new product from the First Title insurance company:
"It is anticipated that in the coming years more and more village green applications will be made with the sole purpose of blocking unwanted developments. Many of these will have no basis in law or fact and will be purely speculative applications, however, even a spurious application will be expensive and time consuming to deal with."Everybody knows what the real, genuine English village green looks like. Accordingly, we wish that this was an early April Fool's day article. Sadly, it isn't.
For further information on this product email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com quoting 'insurance against village green claims'.