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Appeal: There’s photographic proof that Ramsbottom field can be fun for all
4:30pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
RAMSBOTTOM Heritage Society is seeking photographs and video clips of people using the town’s Church Fields as part of its campaign to win town-village green status for the popular location.
President Andrew Todd is gathering evidence in anticipation of a public inquiry next year.
If the application to Bury Council to have the Church Fields registered under the 2006 Commons Act is successful, then access to the site to the north east of St Andrew’s Church would be freely available.
The society has been examining the legal status of Church Fields since its owners, Peel Holdings, fenced the land off in April, 2011.
Mr Todd said: “Peel Holdings claim that Church Fields is too rough and overgrown to have been used for any recreational activities.
“Local people know how extensively the land has been used for many years and we need as many photographs as possible to refute Peel’s claims. The crucial period is 1991 to 2011.”
He added: We have recently received a marvellous shot of sledging in 1990-91. What a contrast with the state of the field today, after three summers of growth, and no public access.”
- Those with photographs and videos can contact the society via email@example.com, or leave a note in one of the questionnaire collection boxes which can be found in 30 pubs, newsagents, cafes and shops in the town.
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