Sutton Lawn D-Day draws near

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THE fate of Sutton Lawn could be sealed when councillors vote on whether to grant village green status at a meeting on Wednesday.

A report will go in front of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Rights of Way Committee for councillors to consider whether part of the lawn owned by the authority should be granted village green status, protecting it from development.

In favour of village green status are campaigners from the Lawnside Community Association, who say the land should be for the use of community.

But opposing them are the county council, which last year secured planning permission to build a replacement for Sutton Centre College on the site.

The report has been produced by the inspector who led a three-day public inquiry in March to try and resolve the dispute. The inspector was asked to consider whether the land has been used by locals ‘without secrecy, force or permission for at least 20 years for lawful sports or pastimes’.

At the same meeting, councillors will be asked to consider a request to extinguish a footpath in Sutton following a long running argument over whether it should be kept open to the public even though it crosses through a resident’s garden.

Selston Parish Council has indicated it would support a move to close the path, but campaigner and former Selston councillor Frank Wood claims there is no justifiable reason to close it.