Sully Terrace's bid for Village Green status to go before council
2:22pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Penarth news
THE VALE Council is set to recommend that a ‘non-statutory public inquiry’ is held to consider an application to have Sully Terrace designated as a Village Green.
The Vale Council’s Licensing Committee will consider the application on Tuesday, November 5. The application bids to register land at Sully Terrace as a Town or Village Green under S15 of the Commons Act 2006.
The report recommends that the Operational Manager for Legal Services be given “delegated power to appoint a legally qualified and suitably experienced independent Chairperson to hold a non-statutory public inquiry to consider the Application”.
The cost of appointing Counsel to chair the non-statutory public inquiry and his costs will be met by the Legal Services Counsel budget. A public inquiry could cost several thousand pounds, with estimates that “preparatory work prior to inquiry, inquiry sitting days and writing of a post inquiry report” could cost £1,750 each.
Earlier this week work began on the upgrading of the path from Plymouth Road to the Sully Terrace bridge. The Sully Terrace section will not be resurfaced for the time being due to the Village Green application.
The rest of the path, all the way up to Cosmeston Drive, is set to be laid with a 2.5metre wide tarmacadem surface.
The report adds that the application for Village Green status is made “on the basis that residents in the locality have used the land for local sports and pastimes ‘as of right’ for more than 20 years”.
There have been three objections to the application, including one from the Vale of Glamorgan Council as landowner.
The report adds that at the conclusion of the non-statutory public inquiry the Chairperson will produce a report with a recommendation for the Licensing Committee whether or not to register the land as Town or Village Green under the Act.