Polegate’s recreation ground is protected

Polegate War Memorial Rec SUS-140110-174314001
Polegate War Memorial Rec SUS-140110-174314001

Polegate War Memorial Recreation Ground has been given protection for the people of the town.

Residents and campaigners are celebrating after the green space has become a Field in Trust.

It is the first in the south east to be given such status.

This is welcome news as residents and councillors have campaigned against development on the site.

This new status gives the recreation ground the protection it needs to stop any building.

A spokesperson from the town council explained , “There has been a problem and that is that developers can, in theory, apply to develop such land whether they own it or not. This has happened three times at least in the last year or so when village greens have been allowed to be built on, despite all opposition and refusal of planning consent and being turned down at appeal, by the express overriding consent of the Secretary of State.

“A group in the town known as KORGI tried to obtain village green status a few years ago to protect the land but this was unsuccessful.

“This new initiative will secure the future.”

The group set up to protect the ground, called Keep our Recreation Ground Intact [KORGI], is celebrating the recent good news.

Paul Woolmer, chair of KORGI, said the group’s work is now done.

He said, “KORGI is enormously proud of this achievement and I thank our councillors for their decision and, the loyal supporters who stayed the course.

“KORGI has closed its book.”

A ceremony for the unveiling of an entrance sign to the field will take place at a ceremony on October 31.

Various dignitaries will attend to celebrate the occasion including the Lord Lieutenant Peter Field, councillors and the town’s MP Norman Baker.

The event will take place from 10.30 am onwards at the recreation ground.

Residents are invited.