Thursday, 26 September 2013

Skateboarders and Village Greens (continued)

The attempt to preserve the Southbank Skatepark (see earlier post) has hit a snag.  The attempt to achieve protection through ensuring the site is designated as a 'village green' has been rejected by the local council. 

The Council's legal basis for rejecting the claim is that the right to apply to have land designated as a 'village green' is excluded if it is the result of a 'trigger event', including planning applications.  That must surely be challengeable; the whole point of having these legal mechanisms in place is to provide for protection mechanisms when sites are under threat.  Has the law failed the skateboarders here or has the law been misapplied? 

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