FUNDRAISING TO SAVE OUR GREEN BELT
THE VILLAGE GREEN
UPDATE (SEPTEMBER 2019) The Village Green application is still in progress and we still need financial backing for further legal advice.
In Summer 2017, an application was made for Village Green status on the open space within our Green Belt used widely by our community – One Tree Hill / Stokes Field and Nature Reserve. Village Green status would be a recognition of the community value of this land, and would protect it for future generations.
Note that a ‘Village Green’ is not an archetypal piece of lush grass used for village fetes. It is an area of land that has been used freely by a significant number of people for 20+ years for a variety of pastimes. Exactly what this area is.
Much research was done, with expert guidance, to establish that Stokes Field / One Tree Hill has a valid case to become a Village Green. The application was submitted, with supporting evidence from a large number of local residents in August 2017. If the Village Green application is successful, Stokes Field / One Tree Hill can be saved, allowing future generations to enjoy this open green space at the heart of our community.
Despite the research and expert guidance, a hurdle was raised by EBC arguing that the Village Green application is not valid. However, legal advice argues against this, stating that this is an incorrect interpretation of the law. We have enlisted the help of a specialist barrister and are still in discussion to progress the Village Green application (updated September 2019).
How can you help?
1. By helping to raise funds for further legal advice.
2. By keeping in touch. As the application progresses, we might need further evidence from people that use the One Tree Hill / Stokes Field and Nature Reserve area. Please like us on Facebook and contact us if you can support the application by completing a simple questionnaire.
PLEASE DONATE TO HELP FUND THE FIGHT...
1. Online, by direct bank transfer or set up a standing order:
Save HWLD Green Belt
Acc. No: 8220 3553
Sort Code: 40-26-12
2. By cheque: Made payable to ‘Save HWLD Green Belt’.
Please post to:
Save HWLD Green Belt,
7 Chalcott Gardens,
Long Ditton, KT6 5HJ.
Save HWLD Green Belt,
15 Hill Rise, Hinchley Wood,
Have you participated in the Council's 2019 Consultation? Respond by 30 September 2019.