Next Friday, 16 March, Durham County Council’s Highways Committee will decide whether to register Bede Kirk as a village green, in response to the Town Council’s application lodged in July 2017.
County officers are recommending that the application is refused because “there isn’t evidence that the users are significant in number or that there has been continuous use of the land for at least 20 years immediately preceding the date of the application” – so the period from July 1997 to July 2017.
Barnard Castle Town Council is calling on anyone with evidence of Bede Kirk being used by the public for leisure over the twenty years from July 1997 to share it. That could be photos or videos, personal testimony or any record of activity taking place. We’re looking for examples of children and families playing, pic-nicking, dog walking, ball games and Frisbee throwing, radio controlled car racing or impromptu performances.
Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Moorhouse is asking anyone who can help to come forward. “If you have photos or memories to share, please add them to the post on our Facebook page facebook.com/BarneyCouncil or bring them to the office at Woodleigh in person. We know local people want to save the Bede Kirk green, but without more evidence that lots of people have used it for the last twenty years, Durham will refuse the application and the land will be built on.”
You can read the background, including the report for next week’s meeting here: https://democracy.durham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=311&MId=9335&Ver=4