To the surprise of absolutely no-one, Cornwall Council has formally objected to the application by local residents in the Woburn area of Launceston to register the open space off Woburn Road as 'village green'. Granting village green status would protect the land from future development.
Cornwall Council is claiming that the land is merely a 'narrow strip of grassland' and not suitable for dog walking (which, according to the Council, should only take place on pavements). They also claim that the area is not suitable for children playing games.
What the council fails to mention is that it is keen to sell the land for housing development and even submitted a planning application to boost the value of the land prior to sale.
Together with Cllr Sasha Gillard-Loft, I've supported the application for village green status and will continue to do so.