Pressure for village greens

COMMUNITY representatives in Dore are stepping up pressure on the council to protect green spaces in the area by registering them as village greens.

They say they submitted applications for Dore recreation ground, Totley Brook open space and Kings Croft playing field three-and-a-half years ago but have been frustrated by “interminable” legal delays on behalf of the authority.

“The local community has always assumed that these informal green spaces which have been enjoyed for well over 20 years were being maintained by the council for public recreation in perpetuity,” said a spokesperson for Dore Village Society, which made the applications.

“However Sheffield City Council has cast serious doubts that the three open spaces will be preserved in the long term and therefore the local community is attempting to ensure that they are retained.”

The society says the 2006 Commons Act, which enables communities to apply to register village greens, makes provision for local authorities to set up an independent hearing “which ensures that cases for and against the registration may be fairly heard.

“Dore Village Society is pressing Sheffield City Council to hold hearings into the applications for registration.”