Does the above look like a village green?

‘Get Surrey’, the online version of the Surrey Advertiser, reported the following on 30 July 2009:

‘ELMBRIDGE Borough Council is to press ahead with controversial plans to redevelop the former Walton swimming pool site despite a bid by protesters to safeguard the land.

‘The Save Walton’s Access to Green Spaces group has submitted an application to designate the grassy part of the site in Kings Close as a “village green” – which would protect it from development.’


Interesting uses of the words ‘controversial’ and ‘safeguard’ in the Get Surrey article.

Case Study:

Site of redundant swimming pool

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The proposal to be frustrated using the scam:

The sale for new homes and a replacement leisure centre of a site of a redundant swimming pool

Proposer of development:

Elmbridge Borough Council

Status of property owner:

The taxpayer

Individual claiming that the land is a ‘town or village green’ and making the application:

Press reports state that the applicant is ‘SWAGS’, rather than a real person


Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

Local Nimby Priorities:

‘Resident Linda Irving described how the site was regularly used by dogs including her border terriers, Dixie and Dash.’

Surrey Herald, 17 May 2010