Heathland known as ‘Mount Tarbor’, off Newton Road in Lowton, has been safeguarded for future generations, thanks to Lane Head South Residents’ Group.
The piece of land is popular for diverse activities including walking, jogging, model airplane flying and bird-watching and is a home to a wide range of wildlife.
However the legal status of the land was in doubt, as no records could be found about who owned it. Extensive research showed that the Lowton Workhouse once stood on the site – but despite years of investigation by the residents group, no landowner was identified.
Campaign to protect the land for future generations
In order to protect the land, the group made an application to the council to have Mount Tarbor declared as an official ‘village green’, which would prevent unwanted development in the future.
The hearing was held by Wigan Council’s regulation sub-committee with the residents’ group giving evidence on the use of the land for recreation and past-times over the past 20 years.
No landowner came forward, and no-one attended to object to the application.
After hearing all the evidence, the sub-committee, chaired by Cllr Paul Prescott, decided that the land should be registered as a village green, safeguarding its availability for future generations.
Protecting the land for recreational use
Kathleen Johnson, who gave evidence to the hearing on behalf of Lane Head South Residents’ Group, said: “We are all very pleased that the village green status was granted.
“This protects the land for recreational use and means that no-one can change it so it will be preserved for now and in the future.
“We are grateful for the immense support of local residents in this matter.”
Mrs Johnson praised the council, as the statutory registration authority, for their assistance in the legal process.
Brendan Whitworth, Wigan Council’s assistant director for legal services, said: “We were happy to be able to support the applicant through the legal process.
“As part of The Deal we very much want residents to get involved in their local community and invest their time and energy in helping improve their local area for other residents.”
It just shows that when our local residents groups put their minds to something, they can achieve great results – so well done to everyone involved with Lane Head South Residents’ Group!
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