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Village Green

 

RESIDENTS in Ainsdale are celebrating after receiving news that a valuable community space is now protected for the future.

 

Ainsdale Civic Society has been working hard for more than two years to ensure that the Village Green is safeguarded in perpetuity for local people.

Members of the Ainsdale Civic Society are celebrating after hearing that Ainsdale Village Green has at last been placed on the DEFRA register and that this valuable community space will be protected for future generations.

 

We have been working hard for over two years to ensure that the Village Green is safeguarded in perpetuity for local people.

Tony Brough, our chairman said:  “Whilst there were no plans for any development on the green, it was felt that it was important that the Green was safeguarded and now it has a secured the permanent registration as a village green, the land is protected from development and it becomes an offence to interrupt its use or enjoyment by the public.

 

It has been a long process but we have now been advised by Sefton Council’s Legal Services that the registration has finally been completed.

We have been working on the application since July 2009 so it has been quite a lengthy process. But all the work has been worth it and it is great news and it means that nobody will ever be able to build on the Green and this great space can be enjoyed by many generations to come.

 

It is appropriate that the Civic Society secured the registration, however we would like to thank the Churches Together group in Ainsdale, Ainsdale Horticultural Society and Southport Branch of Royal British Legion for their assistance. Thanks must also go to our members and to all those residents of Ainsdale who completed the witness statements that we needed to have completed for our application.”

 

Ainsdale Village Green was given to the people of Ainsdale by Charles Weld Blundell Estates in 1921 for their recreational use and The Green is used daily by residents for various activities and the Ainsdale Horticultural Society holds a village flower show and fete there each year.

 

In 1924 a war memorial was commissioned by the residents in memory of those local servicemen lost in the Great War and this was erected on the green. Each year a special service is held on Remembrance Sunday.  This year, 2011, the service will be held on Sunday 13th November and the Ainsdale Civic Society will, as usual be selling poppies on behalf of the British Legion.  They will be based at the Co-operative store in Ainsdale on 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th November.