MANY of us have green spaces, commons, parks etc where we have played and walked for decades, sometimes centuries. They are often designated 'parkland' or 'greenspace' but this will not save them from your local council granting planning applications to build on them. We also know that much of our greenbelt has been re designated brownspace for the same reasons amongst much protest, even within Parliament.
So be prepared, and the government has even set up via DEFRA the means to protect and conserve these areas so DO USE THE LAW TO DO THIS!
On the left you will find links to various campaigns and protests who are attempting or have achieved the designation being applied to save their local parks.
On the right there are links to government or council sites which will explain the process and how to go about it, which forms to complete etc.
If we can be of assistance do use the CONTACT US form on this site please.
Let us know how you are getting on, via this site or our Yahoo link on the front page please?
If you need academic research papers, environmental data or legal support, please contact us and we will involve EARTH STEWARDSHIP ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL to supply an overview and strategic process.
OPEN SPACES SOCIETY Protecting open spaces, common land, village greens and public paths.
EXAMPLE - AS PER ESSEX COUNCIL WEBSITE LINK
A village green is an area where people in the community have enjoyed legitimate sports or pastimes as of right for at least 20 years.
Legitimate sports or pastimes include things like:
- cricket matches
- blackberry picking
- dog walking
- village fetes.
Claiming a new village green
To register a new village green you must prove that:
- the land is mainly used by local residents (rather than, say, day-trippers)
- it is used for legal activities
- It has been used for at least 20 years
- people haven't forced their way onto the land or used it in secrecy
- it has been used without the permission of the landowner.
Documents required as per DEFRA application form = link above right.
A map showing the boundaries of the proposed village green.
A map outlining the area that local users of the land come from.
A completed Statutory Declaration.
This is included in the Defra form above, and must be witnessed by a solicitor or magistrate
Evidence forms or letters of support from residents.
These describe when and how residents use this land "
URBAN GREEN SPACES CAMPAIGN, Link to website and petition and info on the left, pass this on to other groups please!
GOOD LUCK AND KEEP US INFORMED PLEASE!
COMMON LAND - WALKERS AND RIGHTS OF WAY INFO
Ramblers highlights five key criteria which it urges the government to meet before any sale of Forestry Commission land is considered. The criteria are that:
1) Public access is maintained and enhanced.
2) Public rights of way and access land are properly managed.
3) No sale or transfer is completed until the purchaser has committed to preserving and maintaining access.
4) Where access is currently not secured in law, this is remedied through CROW *Act dedication¹.
5) The local community is consulted and given the opportunity to play a full and active part in woodland management, including first-refusal on purchase.
* CROW = Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
WILD LAND CAMPAIGN
Help establish a new environmental designation for wild land in Scotland, and the extension of national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty to cover the wildest areas of the rest of the UK.
GROUGH - mountains,fells, dales, moors
Up to date news on anything affecting fell, moor and mountain walking. Especialy if walking in wild and potentially dangerous areas, many links to mountain rescue,campaigning groups ie Sustrans, Campaign for National Parks etc
Announced 23 NOV 2010!
by using the wrong Act to register this valuable greenspace, the court ruling on Curtis Fields declared it REMOVED from the register of town and village greens! Whether the campaigners win any appeal remains to be seen sadly - so CHECK YOUR ACTS WHEN REGISTERING
GO FOR GREEN SPACES need your ideas
‘to protect green areas of particular importance to local communities’. Click green button