Mill Hill Preservation Society
Simmond’s Mead Village Green Application
A village green is legally defined as an area where people in the
community have enjoyed legitimate sports or pastimes for at least 20
years. On the 7th November 2007 the application to register
Simmond’s Mead as a Village Green went before Barnet Council’s
Planning & Environment committee and was approved.
Simmond’s Mead is the area of land at the Lawrence Street junction
with the A41. It will now be registered as a Village Green under the
COMMONS REGISTRATION ACT 1965 SECTION 13. This means that though it
is owned by the council it is now protected from development and
must be kept for use by members of the public.
As you are aware from previous newsletter updates, trying to
register Simmond’s Mead as a Village Green has been a real struggle
and has taken two years to complete. I would like to thank all
preservation society members who took the time and trouble to
complete evidence questionnaires and statements. Norman Saville who
was the society’s legal advisor, for the time he spent assisting me.
Councillor Matthew Offord who delivered by hand the second set of
completed evidence questionnaires and maps to the council’s legal
department, (after the council lost the paperwork for our first
application), and the Open Space Society who assisted me when I
first started this application.
Mill Hill Preservation Society can not stress the importance enough
of registering small open spaces that have been used “freely” by
members of the public, for a long period of time. We must remember
that we live in an increasingly built up environment, with greater
and greater demand to build on our green spaces. We need to act now
to protect our environment for future generations to enjoy.
A big “THANK YOU” to you all.
Zenda Green 2007
Views of Simmond’s Mead