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Rec ground campaigners take to the streets

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

Sandy Johns who is fighting the council's Rec plans.

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YOU have got to take your hat off the campaigners fighting to keep Swansea's Rec ground as an open space — they know how to get your attention.

Residents living near the St Helen's greenery have submitted an application to get it officially recognised as a "village green", meaning it would be protected from future development.

But in a counter move, earlier this month Swansea Council said it intended to "appropriate" the land as an open space — a designation meaning it would not be protected and could be built on.

Now campaigners are once again mobilising the public to oppose the council move, and will be hitting the streets of Uplands and Brynmill — in a suitably seasonal hat — with all the information people need to submit objections to the local authority's move.

One for the Rec fighters, Sandy Johns, said: "We have had tremendous support for this — people feel very passionate about the Rec.

"When you talk to people about the Rec they talk about going their with their parents and grandparents, and about taking their children there too — it is like a part of the family.

"The bid by the council to appropriate the land would mean developers could later move in and build on it — nobody wants to see that.

"We are urging people to oppose the council move — but the deadline for any objections is the end of the week.

"The Rec is an open space that is used by everyone."

Swansea Council is applying for what is known as a "section 122 appropriation notice" for the land.

The Recreation ground, off Oystermouth Road, was one of more than 550 parcels of land across the county which were nominated as candidate sites in the council's local development plan (LDP), which takes effect from 2015.

The move by the council to safeguard any possible sale or development of the land comes as campaigners are battling to get the same plot of land designated as a "village green", meaning it could not be built on.

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  • Nubbo  |  April 15 2014, 11:02PM

    If the Council intend to Appropriate the Rec - Then why is it that the Studt's Family Fair Ground people are still presently using the Rec - and have done since the 1890's ?

  • tawse57  |  April 15 2014, 4:09PM

    IIRC the rec was left to the people of Swansea for their recreational use? The deeds must be in the archives somewhere - has someone issued a freedom of information request for them? For over 40 years the Council has repeatedly tried to flog the rec off to property developers and each time it has failed due to the gifting of the rec in perpetuality to the people as written in the deeds. If the deeds have gone missing then the Police should be called in to investigate.

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