Bid for town green status rejected
PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 March 2015
RESIDENTS living near Portishead’s Lake Grounds have seen their application for town green status at the seafront beauty spot turned down.
A further attempt to secure the label for the area will not be made after it was revealed members of the public already have a legal entitlement to the use of the Lake Grounds.
Town green status can only be given to an area where there has been no right for the public to use it for at least one year.
The bid for the status was made by those living nearby who want to protect the Lake Grounds from future development.
David Oyns, one of the residents who organised the application, said: “We went for village green status just to protect the Lake Grounds. Simple as that.
“We were a bit concerned about some developments that might have taken place on the Lake Grounds and so were advised by a solicitor to apply for village green status.
“The idea was supported by a number of residents in the area.”
At a meeting of North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee on December 10, the application for town/village green status was rejected by councillors.
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