Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Wickham Market: Protective status sought for village green’s future

PUBLISHED: 10:23 31 January 2014

An application has been made to give the Pightle in Wickham Market village green status

An application has been made to give the Pightle in Wickham Market village green status

Archant

Villagers in east Suffolk are hoping to gain protected status for their village green to safeguard it for the future.

Plans have been submitted to register an area of land next to Church Terrace in Wickham Market – known as The Pightle – as a village green to stave off unwanted development.

Keith Wallace, whose property overlooks the land, made the official application with backing from the parish council and village partnership “to regularise something that should have been done 20 years ago”.

“The whole idea is that once it’s registered people can’t interfere with the public’s right to use it,” he said

“Most of the village greens in Suffolk are already registered, so it’s rather an anomaly that this wasn’t.”

Bryan Hall, a Suffolk Coastal district councillor and member of Wickham Market Partnership, said the scheme was “desirable by most people in the village”.

“It’s accepted by many that there may be more development in Wickham but we thought it vital to maintain a quiet space,” he said.

To achieve official village green status it must be proven that the land has been used for recreation by the community for at least 20 years.

Mr Wallace said he had found evidence of the The Pightle’s community use from 1455, comfortably satisfying that legal requirement.

0 comments

A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving in connection with a crash between two lorries and a car today.

The mother of a 21-year-old killed in a crash at the same spot which claimed the life of a teenage girl this month has called for a lower speed limit on the road.

There is further evidence that drivers in Suffolk are taking more notice of the region’s speed limits after figures showed that the number caught on the A12 has fallen by near two thirds over the last year.

The sacking of Essex’s chief fire officer has been branded unfair and unjust by union leaders.

As Ipswich Town take to the field against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow afternoon, one diehard Owls fan will be hoping the team he has followed since the 1920s can return to South Yorkshire with an away win.

Concerns that paint factory jobs are at risk at two of Stowmarket’s largest employers have been raised, as one of the businesses looks at buying out the other.

A 52-year-old man from Ipswich has admitted to possessing a knife at Crown Pools last month.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24