We have congratulated the Friends of Chadderton Field on the successful registration of a new village green. The green is in the Chapel House area in the City of Newcastle.
Newcastle City Council, the registration authority, agreed on 1 February to register the land, which consists of a grassed area.
The application was made on 14 September 2010 by Ronald Scott, Melanine Redhead-Jobling, Judi Lansley, Christine Pyle, Janice Southern, Karen Sitch and Denise Colegate on behalf of the Friends of Chadderton Field, who submitted evidence that the land had been used by local people for informal recreation for over 20 years. The land is owned by JTB (Chapel Farm) Estates Limited but no objection was made to the application.
Says Nicola Hodgson, case officer of the Open Spaces Society who assisted the Friends with their application: ‘We congratulate the Friends on all their hard work in preparing and presenting their case. They are an example to other communities.’
Adds Ronald Scott, Chairman of the Friends of Chadderton Field:
‘We are delighted with this result, the Friends worked very hard to achieve it. We hope our example will encourage others. In the right circumstances, registration as a village green is the best way to protect open space with a long history of local use’.(3)