Fight to protect common land in Siston is stepped up

webbs heathA public meeting has been called for Thursday 3rd October to discuss how to protect common land in Siston.

It follows a private application made to the Land Registry over the summer to register the freehold interest of land around Webbs Heath in Siston parish.
Some 60 households in the area were sent letters by the Land Registry, telling them about the bid by Jonathan Tippett Seymour Williams and his sister Alexandra Graves for the “manorial waste” land.

Local people wrote to the Registry with concerns about access to their properties and fears that the land might be developed if the application to register the freehold interest was approved.

The chairman of Siston Parish Council Cllr John Hopes advised residents that the organisation the Open Spaces Society could help community groups register open space as a village green to protect it from development.

The meeting on the 3rd will be at Siston Village Hall at 7.30pm and is under the umbrella of the Warmley & Siston Community Gardens Group. Now that the Warmley Signal Box has been fully restored and reopened, the group is set to become a wider community group incorporating a number of projects in the parish.

Also on the agenda on the 3rd will be plans to create a parish plan to determine the future of community and how it can change for the better.