The Parish Council has only just been made aware that Oxfordshire County Council is running a public consultation on two applications to give village green status to fields next to Day’s Lock.
The applications were made to the county council after a new owner bought some of the land in that area in 2016. Locals said they had used the fields and played sports on them for at least two decades and wanted to be able to carry on doing so.
The applications are for two areas of land. One, which it calls “Day’s Lock”, is a 2.37 hectare portion of land on the banks of the Thames by the lock. The other is a 3.03 hectare plot at nearby Dyke Hills.
In the official application notice on its website, the county council states that both bits of land are “claimed to have qualified for registration as a Town or Village Green on 1st November 2016 by virtue of use by inhabitants of the Parish of Dorchester-on-Thames and the Parish of Long Wittenham for lawful sports and pastimes as of right for a period of more than 20 years up to the date specified in the application”.
The consultation closes on Friday 25th January and residents are urged to comment.
View the full application and the consultation at:
Send your comments to Lisa Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org