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Purchase of the Tyning: Public Meeting Friday 15th February 7.30pm Memorial Hall, Freshford

posted 28 Jan 2013, 08:11 by Parish Council Communications

Freshford Parish Council has been in negotiation with the owners of the Tyning land and has made an offer for purchase of the land which has been accepted subject to contract and to agreement being reached between the parties on matters of costs and liability.

One of the most significant jewels in the Freshford crown is the land known simply as the Tyning. The land is in private ownership but was registered as a village green in 1970. It separates the distinct character areas of Freshford village and Sharpstone. Its inclusion within the conservation area now links the two areas to form one large conservation area. Divided by the lane that bisects it, the Tyning land to the South and East has been open land maintained by the Parish Council while the land on the North West side has been enclosed and used as pasture land for grazing. 

Throughout the course of the current Neighbourhood Plan process there has been much discussion about securing and protecting the future use of the Tyning land. The expressed wish of many residents is that the whole of the Tyning be made open and accessible to all. In other words, that the legitimate rights of villagers to access the land in its entirety, for the purposes of recreation and sport, be fulfilled.

The Council believe that the purchase of the Tyning land is in the best interests of the residents to secure its long term future by taking it into community ownership and to ensure its continuing protection as a village green. Equally the Council takes the view that this is a matter of such importance and significance to all residents that before taking any irrevocable step a Public Meeting be convened to allow all residents the opportunity to attend and to air their views. If you cannot attend and wish to make your views known then do please contact a member of the Parish Council.

The Public Meeting will be held on Friday the 15th February at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall, Freshford.

Further details will follow but what I can say now is that the Parish Council contemplates that that the evening will take the form of a short factual presentation about the Tyning land and will then go on to discuss first the proposed purchase and funding of the purchase and second, the future maintenance and management of the Tyning.

Nick Stevens

Chairman, Freshford Parish Council