The Dene, a large open green space in the centre of Manor Park Estate, Uckfield, is now officially listed as a community asset.
The Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association had been looking at protecting The Dene by applying for it to be officially designated as a ‘village green’ but found this wasn’t the best way forward and instead decided to apply for it to be listed as a ‘community asset’.
Land can be listed as a community asset if its principal use furthers the community’s social well-being or social interests (which includes recreational interests) and is likely to do so in the future.
The Dene is owned by Buxted Parish Council, although it sits entirely within Uckfield’s boundaries. Buxted Parish Council did not object to the nomination.
When confirming that the land would be added to the register of community assets, Wealden District Council advised that the property would remain on the register for five years.
Bid to buy
What does all this mean? If a listed asset is to be sold, then local community groups will have a fairer chance to make a bid to buy it on the open market.
Paul Sparks Chairman of the Association said: “I am delighted with this decision. The Dene is a much valued green open space in the middle of Manor Park and appreciated by many residents. It is also a hive of activity if we have any snow being a very safe location for families taking part in sledging.”