Regional AM Suzy Davies says she is hugely disappointed at news that a planning inspector has come out against a proposal to register the recreation ground at Oystermouth Road as a village green.
The application was made by a committee of local residents fighting to retain this open space near the old St Helen’s rugby and cricket ground. Their proposal was backed by Mrs Davies who is a Welsh Conservative AM.
She said: ”News that the inspector who conducted the inquiry into this application has recommended that it be refused is a massive disappointment.
“I know that the residents who fought for it so hard will also be devastated. It all came about because Swansea Council, which owns the land, originally included it as a site for development under the Local Development Plan although they subsequently withdrew it.
“This land is a well loved and well used open space where people walk their dogs and where local children and youngsters kick a ball around. That’s why it is so important that we introduce registers of spaces of local interest. Sadly, this proposal, put forward by the Welsh Conservatives earlier this year, was voted down by Labour when the Historic Environment Bill was passing through the Assembly.”
The proposal was subject to a three day public inquiry when the council was represented by a barrister while residents organised their own case, did all their own research and gave evidence themselves.
Craig Lawton, who stood in the recent Assembly elections for the Welsh Conservatives, said: “To think that Swansea Council have wasted their time and our money opposing this application when they do not intend to develop this land in the near future is astonishing.
“The Save the Rec Committee did a brilliant job bringing the local community together to fight this cause and to try and secure this space for future generations. They deserve a huge amount of credit for their hard work and commitment. It’s just a shame that all this hard work appears to have been in vain.”