AN ELEVENTH-HOUR call to save a piece of community land from potential development has been successful.
Morda residents and Oswestry Rural Parish Council had feared their last-ditch attempt to designate a small piece of Shropshire Council-owned land on the junction of Glentworth Avenue and Glentworth Close as a village green had come too late after it was provisionally sold at auction to an anonymous bidder for £33,000 on December 9.
But on Wednesday, the unitary authority confirmed it would be pulling out of the sale and backing the status application.
Former High Sheriff of Shropshire and Oswestry magistrate, John Abram, who lives in Glentworth Avenue, said he was “delighted” at the news.
He said: “I am very pleased, which I’m sure pretty much all of the residents of Glentworth are pleased as well. It’s very good news.
“It goes to show that if you don’t like what is going on you have to make your views known.
“Fortunately there were an awful lot of people on the estate who felt strongly enough to get a letter into Shropshire Council so we got the right solution.”
A 200-signature petition calling on Oswestry Rural Parish Council to apply for the status was presented at its meeting the day after the land was sold off.
However, the local council said it was only informed of the sale by residents just days before.
Councillor Phil May, chairman of the parish council which will manage the land, said: “We are over the moon that it hasn’t been sold.
“We are also now identifying other areas of land that may face similar issues in the parish.”
The news was also welcomed by St Oswald’s councillor, Joyce Barrow, who said: “I’m absolutely delighted. I was aware of the concerns of residents in the area and I’m please with the outcome.
“I look forward to seeing children playing on it.”