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Royal Town Council Agrees to Nominate Dugdale Crescent ‘Green’ As Asset of Community Value

The Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, have formally agreed to nominate the Community Green at Dugdale Crescent, as an ‘Asset of Community Value’.

Councillor Dr. Nitish Raut

Following initial discussions with the Friends of The Green Residents Association, Royal Town Councillor Dr Nitish Raut, provided his full support to residents by agreeing to back our proposal, for the Town Council to formally nominate the ‘Green’ at Dugdale Crescent, as an Asset of Community Value.

On Wednesday the 18th of December 2018, during a full Town Council meeting at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, Councillor Dr Raut, successfully carried the proposal forward to a unanimous vote of approval.

The Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, will now submit a formal nomination to the City Council for approval. If the application is successful, the ‘Green’ at Dugdale Crescent would finally gain the full recognition it deserves, as a true community asset. A.C.V status normally lasts for a period of 5 years, after which time the covenant expires, the land delisted, and a renewal of the application would be required. The status would also provide additional benefits to the Town Council and the wider community regarding the future of the land.

The Town Council will now submit a formal A.C.V nomination to Birmingham City Council, for their consideration and final decision. This is just one small step toward toward gaining greater control over the Community Green. It does not prevent construction from taking place, nor is it designed to do so. However, should the City Council ever decide to sell the land, it would provide the community with a right to make a bid for the land, if we wished to do so.

Find out more about an Assets of Community Value HERE

The Green at the centre of Dugdale Crescent, is a ‘Village Green’, in all but name.

During the last 70 years, the Green has proven beyond all doubt, that it is, and always has been, a vital community asset of significant value to our Royal Town.  In many ways, the ‘Green’ is, the very heart and soul of our local community. Village and community Greens, were once the mainstay of this land, but as the concrete sprawl of urbanisation creeps ever closer, our green community spaces are increasingly under threat, as we ourselves bare witness.

City Councils across the land offer assurances to protect ‘Green Spaces’, just like ours. They seek to convince through reports and publications, that they understand the true value that urban ‘Green Spaces’ provide, and the crucial role they play in supporting our health and general wellbeing.

Community Green Spaces are much more than sound bites or words within a report. No City Council can ever really understand or appreciate the true value of a community’s green space, unless they have lived with it, felt it, walked upon it or even helped nurture it, as so many of us have.

A community’s green space is not simply a plot of land or an area of prime real estate, begging to be developed, The land is the community. It provides identity, encourages diversity and more importantly enables community cohesion, binding us together morally and socially, in an ever increasingly fractured world,

That is why we, as members the Friends of the Green Community put forward this proposal and why we sincerely thank Councillor Dr Nitish Raut and every esteemed member of the Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, for their outstanding support and commitment, toward the preservation of Sutton Coldfields Treasured green spaces.

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