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Case update 07 December 2022

Supreme Court hears the fight to stop park sell-off

Their council sold some treasured local parkland without letting them have their say, but yesterday a group of residents from Shrewsbury had their voice heard in the Supreme Court. 

The fight to get Greenfields Recreation Ground back into public ownership has been ongoing for 5 years, across local campaigning and through legal action. Good Law Project has been supporting the Greenfields Community Group to challenge the current status of the land after it was unlawfully sold, with the ultimate goal to have the land returned to the local people who need it.

“We feel excited that our grassroots campaign that started off in a kitchen in Shrewsbury is finally here at the Supreme Court”- Peter Day, leader of the Greenfields Community Group. 

On average more than 4,000 publicly owned buildings and spaces in England are being sold off every year. 

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We hope the outcome of this hearing will set a new precedent for how public recreation ground is protected and how communities are consulted on proposed sales, before these significant community assets disappear from our sight. 

The judges were engaged in the arguments put forward by the legal team representing Peter and the Greenfields Community Group and the group left feeling positive about the day. 

The outcome of the case may be delayed, however, as the Court suggested that the Attorney General may need to be given the opportunity to have their say, due to their obligations around protecting the public interest. This further highlights that the case is deemed to be of significant public importance.  

We will update more on this case as its journey continues.