PCVC Ron Hogg
The decision to accept an application to turn land next to a former Police Station site into a village green may not be the end of the matter, according to Durham’s Police, Crime and Victim’s Commissioner (PCVC).
The decision to give the site at Bede Kirk, Barnard Castle, the status of a village green was taken by Durham County Council’s Highways Committee at a meeting in Barnard Castle today.
Commenting on the decision, PCVC Ron Hogg said “I am disappointed in the outcome of this hearing. I have a duty to make best use of the assets available to me. This setback will cost the better part of one third of this year’s increase in precept. This is a lot of money to make up within our capital budget.
“From the information available at the moment, it appears to me that the site did not fully meet the tests of having regular leisure usage by a significant number of local people for a period of at least twenty years. I am taking legal advice on the next steps and strongly considering a legal challenge.
“At the same time I will be considering alternative options for the site of the former Police station building, which is next to the land that was under consideration today”.
Posted on Friday 11th May 2018