RESIDENTS who fought to save their village green have been victorious.
Rastrick residents launched a campaign to save the strip of green at Crowtrees Lane, which runs in front of the town’s library.
They feared it could be used as a site for a telephone mast after two applications were submitted.
But now members of the Carr Green and Crowtrees Community Action Group are celebrating after securing the strip of land for the community.
The green has now been registered as a Town or Village Green under the Commons Registration Act 1965. It legally recognises the recreational and amenity value of the green and will protect it from development for generations to come.
Local resident Paul Green submitted the application and only one objection was received – from Calderdale Council who owned the land. The council had claimed it was part of the highway and could not legally be registered.
But Mr Green submitted the application four years ago and his hard work has paid off.
He said: “It has been a really long legal process but we have had really good support from the Carr Green and Crowtrees Community Action Group and from all our local councillors and our MP and, in particular, expert advice from the Open Spaces Society.”
The green was formed in the early 1920’s when a new road to carry trams from Rastrick to Huddersfield was built with the green sandwiched between the old road and the new road.
The sale of the land for the new road, which had previously been fields, included a covenant that the green formed would forever be maintained as an ornamental plantation.
Christine Beal, Chair of Carr Green and Crowtrees Community Action Group added: “It’s another great example of what can be achieved when people get together to make a positive difference in their local area.
“Now the land is protected as the valued green space it’s been for many years.
“Congratulations and thanks are due to Paul Green and to everyone else who has helped to make it happen.”