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Good news on the Tyning

posted 20 Mar 2014, 07:03 by Parish Council Communications
On Friday last week, 14th March, the Parish Council successfully completed the purchase of the Tyning land from the MacDonald family. For the first time in its history the Tyning is now owned by the community and stands alongside the other 3680 registered village greens throughout the U.K. owned by the local parish councils.  The Parish Council takes this opportunity to thank Peter and John MacDonald  for their management and care of the land over many years and which has been of great and enduring benefit to the village.

The purchase concludes a process of negotiation which began over two years ago. In January of last year the Council gave public notice of its intention to purchase the land.  Before taking that irrevocable step, in February 2013 we invited residents to a well attended public meeting so they could express their views on the proposal. As anyone who was there will remember, the meeting showed overwhelming support for the proposal to purchase.

For the benefit of residents who were not able to attend, the presentation given at the meeting and notes of the subsequent discussion were published promptly in The Bulletin and on the village website.  Further discussions in the Parish Council about the purchase have been duly minuted and published and regular updates have also been included in The Bulletin.  This extensive communication continued throughout 2013, during which time we did not receive a single comment opposing the purchase.

Now that the purchase has been completed, the next stage – which has always been the Council’s intention - is for the community to decide how the Tyning should be managed. To this end, we’ll be establishing a Tyning Advisory Group to pool knowledge and experience, to coordinate the discussion and to bring forward plans to the Council that enjoy widespread support among residents.

Once established, the Group itself will be deciding how best to proceed but it is likely that it will convene a public meeting in the near future.  Details of the Group and any public meeting will be well publicised as soon as they become available.