27 September 2011

The Village Green A Child Can Drown In

The phoney 'village green' madness goes on.
To give just the latest example: a community council in Anglesey has made an unopposed registration of a property as a so-called ‘village green’.  It is a very large, deep lake.  They know it is a lake.
Antics and publicity stunts like this bring the genuine historic village greens system into disrepute and make it a laughing stock.
It's at Llyn Maelog, and an aerial photograph of what they claim is a 'village green' is pictured above.  It's the big black shape in the middle of the image.
The space taken up by this saturated 'village green' is about 50 acres.  The traditional cricket game here doesn't require cricket shoes, or even wellington boots.  Bring your underwater diving gear.  Walking the dog in the middle of the green anyone?
On this occasion we can't say it brings the English village green system into disrepute, because here it is our welsh cousins who have carried out the idiotic deed.
Mae'n rhaid i bobl hyn yn idiots.  As they say in the land of our fathers.
Cricket on the ancient village green - if you're on the local council in Llyn Maelog

7 September 2011

Another village green fake claim, with no grass in sight

The latest fake 'village green' claim, made in order to stop a development taking place, is in Hayfield in Derbyshire.  Part of it is visible in the picture above, and the rest is concealed by the van.

Previously most famous for being the birthplace of Arthur Lowe (pictured below, right), if this fake 'village green' claim succeeds then Hayfield will also have the unwanted distinction of smallest, most unusable village green in England.  With no grass.

To view the Case Study of this claim on our website, go to http://www.campaignforrealvillagegreens.org.uk/Hayfield

4 September 2011

School Improvements Hit By 'Village Green' Scam

A multi-million pound scheme to rebuild a primary school is on hold after the plans were hit by a 'village green' claim, made in order to frustrate the improvements.

New school buildings are proposed for Clarendon Primary School, in the Great Lever district of Bolton.

But the £6.5 million campus for Clarendon Primary hangs in the balance, because an application to grant the site village green status has been made.

The four people who have made this 'village green' claim are Yusuf Harif, Jean Lawson, Brenda Matthews, and Muhammad PatelAll four live on Bridgeman Street which, surprise surprise, has 'nice views' over the park.  Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq (pictured in the current school's ramshackle old playground, above) is not involved.  Problems arose when proposals were put forward to rebuild a part of the school within a small section of the very large Heywood Park, after two other locations were deemed unsuitable.

A planning application to site the two-storey building in a part of the park, bordering on to Bridgeman Street and Recreation Street, was due to be submitted this month, with the new building open by Easter 2013.

But that will now be delayed, while the application for village green status is considered by the town hall lawyers.

Pictured below is Bobby Heywood (1786-1868), who donated the land to the town.