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Villagers apply to protect green space
PICKMERE residents are hoping to rename land enjoyed by families for more than 80 years and guarantee it as a recreational space for future generations.
Land adjacent to Pickmere Lake is currently known as Pickmere Informal Recreational Occupational Space, IROS, but villagers have submitted an application to have the space included on the register of town and village greens.
Pickmere Village Green, as it would become known, is an area fondly regarded by the neighbouring residents, especially by 80-year-old local historian Joe Robinson.
“It’s very close to my heart,” explained Mr Robinson, who moved to the village aged seven.
“I moved here when I was a kid myself, I grew up roaming around out there and my kids enjoyed it when they were growing up too.
“Most of the people in the village would love it to become Pickmere Village Green.”
The application was made to Cheshire East by Catherine Anne Plowden, formerly of The Orchards, who has now left the area.
It encompasses the land to the east of Pickmere Lane and adjacent to Jacobs Way and Mere Lane.
It qualifies for village green status by virtue of the land being used as of right by the community of Pickmere for more than 80 years for lawful sports and pastimes.
Town or village green status would make it an offence to willingly injure the green or interrupt its use and enjoyment as a place for exercise and recreation.
“We’d like it to be protected for a long time so that generations into the future can enjoy it too,” added Mr Robinson.
“It’s always been a lovely place that people can enjoy, kids come and play and families take picnics.”
Mr Robinson’s name was one of three on the deed when the land was presented to the parish council, along with a pavilion, by the Co-Operative Bank in 1997.
The land was taken over by the Co-Op when development company Turn Future were declared bankrupt in 1997, owing the bank a staggering million-pound sum.
Turn Future had acquired the land in 1990, but failed on numerous attempts to achieve planning permission due to the objections of neighbouring residents.
n Any person wishing to oppose to the registration of the land as a town or village green should submit their objections by November 8, 2013.
The Parish Council will discuss this matter at a public meeting at the village hall on October 1. The meeting will start at 7.30pm.
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