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We have warned Liss Parish Council that it is unlawful to construct a skate bowl on the registered village green at West Liss in east Hampshire. The green is within the boundary of the South Downs National Park.
The society has written to the chairman of the parish council to explain that such a development is contrary to the laws of village greens, which make it an offence to encroach upon a green or to interfere with its use by local people for ‘lawful sports and pastimes’.
Says our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook: ‘Even if the council obtains planning consent for such a development, it cannot be installed on a green without conflicting with the law of greens.
‘In any case, such a construction will be an eyesore as well as a noisy intrusion on this tranquil and unspoilt open space.
‘We trust the parish council will see sense and decide to put its skate bowl elsewhere.’