…The judge has ruled, that the owners of open space are the local residents, the council is merely the trustee, and therefore, any revenues accrued from that open space are the property of the local residents, and should not be placed in the council’s general funds but spent on that open space…. BUT this will probably be appealed.
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NOTE: the case was appealed, but it was ruled that “that the Council should provide and maintain recreational facilities for ‘the public’ whereas the lease to the private nursery would restrict public access and be contrary to the statutory provision under which the Common is held in trust for the use and enjoyment of local inhabitants. The High Court judgement also laid down an important principle that the Common is a public resource that must be managed in the interests of its users, and not as a financial asset for the Council. See our post here.