17 March 2010

The Sewage Works Village Green

A large fuss has been caused by the exposure of one fake village green in particular.

The big concrete and brick structure in question has been described as a sewage works: to be totally factually correct it's recorded on the deeds as an effluent works and effluent settlement beds.  However, it is still not a village green, whatever it's called.

The whole story is told in the forthcoming book The Village Green Preservation Society.  It's both shocking and occasionally hilarious.

In the meantime, here is the sewage /effluent settlement works on the day of the BBC You and Yours visit to New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire, England:


Local horse and pony riders in particular will miss this land once it is registered as a so-called town/village green: taking an animal onto the property will be prohibited once registration takes place.  The maximum fine for each offence after registration is level 1 on the standard scale.

Should dog walkers attempt to access the land after the registration and consequent animals prohibition takes place, they will then find either that they are subject to the relevant court proceedings and fines or that other, larger local dogs are territorial.  This is entirely in accordance with nature (the interactions between dogs on the same property we mean, not proceedings of a local court).

For very many years the above animal lovers of the locality or neighbourhood within the locality have had permission from the owner to go onto the land.  This also applies to other local people where lawful sports and pastimes are concerned.  However, the property has become subject to three town or village green applications.

An honest and co-operative approach, with the majority of local people working in harmony with the landowner, to create a permanent large local nature reserve, is the obvious, reasonable and proper way forward in this case.

This common-sense and harmonious way of doing these things often seems to be deplored by some at the so-called Open Spaces Society and their fellow travellers.

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