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Residents' association loses battle for village green

PUBLISHED: 09:39 16 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:39 16 September 2014

Bromley council rejected a village green application

Bromley council rejected a village green application

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The association has said it shows how little councillors care about the views of the electorate

The West Beckenham Residents’ Association (WBRA) has lost its battle to designate a chunk of land as a village green.

The association had applied for the land to become a village green earlier in the year, stating that it wanted the land protected for the community. The WBRA had also said that the land was one of the most historic in the area, with records of it found as far back as 1723 in local maps and surveys.

The designation of the land, which is a triangle at the junction of the road between Beckenham and Croydon and that to West Wickham, had been supported by dozens of local people and organizations, including the The Beckenham Society and Bromley Local History Society, as well as Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association and Elmers End Free Church.

Bromley Council’s executive committee voted against the proposals at a meeting on September 10. The WBRA has said that it is disappointed by the rejection of the proposal, especially since it would have cost the council nothing to preserve the land.

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