People secure open space for a village green

PUBLISHED: 17:09 04 April 2007 | UPDATED: 10:17 31 May 2010

AFTER various attempts over the last four decades, residents of Sewards End have finally secured a communal open space for the village. Sewards End Village Hall Committee and Sewards End Parish Council have been able to purchase three acres of land next t

AFTER various attempts over the last four decades, residents of Sewards End have finally secured a communal open space for the village.

Sewards End Village Hall Committee and Sewards End Parish Council have been able to purchase three acres of land next to the village hall to use as a village green.

Tony Sandles, Village Hall Committee Chairman, said: "We are really grateful to the Wells family for giving us the opportunity to buy this agricultural land.

"Our next step is to convert it into a grass landscaped village green, for the perpetual benefit of the entire village."

Without extensive fund-raising by campaigners and grants from Biffaward, Uttlesford District Council and Stansted Airport Trust, as well as considerable support from Mark Carter of Heckford Norton Solicitors, the purchase of the land would not have been possible.

Sewards End Parish Council was only formed in 2004, before then it was covered by Saffron Walden Town Council.

Alice Olley, chair of the council, said that she thought that the formation of an independent council had been instrumental in the success of the village hall project.

She said: "We are delighted that as a brand new parish we have been able to contribute to a project which has for so long been outside the reach of our community.

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