Hayslan fields IS private land, but public have a right to walk on it

First published in Letters

VERY recent letters to the Gazette have correctly stated or implied that Hayslan fields is private land.

However, not one of the letters mentioned the fact that there is public access to the fields because they are crossed by three paths of public rights of way.

Perhaps the American letter writer in particular did not know this.

Hence, no one who uses these paths can be considered guilty of demanding access to private land, the access is already legally provided.

There seems the notion that the majority of people who use the fields are dog-walkers, but the fields are used by many others in the community.

It provides a pleasant walking route to several destinations, such as from Pickersleigh up and down to town.

The fields also provide parents and children with a walking route to the Grove School.

The elderly who can no longer climb the hills can slowly amble around its flat paths, look up and take in the scenic and special beauty of the hills.

There is also the suggestion that the fields are only of benefit to those communities which surround them.

They are available to the wider Malvern public and when viewed from the top of the hills they provide an island of green which separates out the urban sprawl.

The significance of these fields was not lost on Malvern Hills District Council, who tried unsuccessfully to buy them (costs too high), while the planning inspectorate has stated that they are an asset to Malvern.

The cause and issue that many honest people strive for is that the planning status of these fields remain as public urban green space.

Tom Eustace

Secretary Pickersleigh Residents’ Group

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2:08pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

The only right of access that the public have is access to the rights of way, NOT to the adjacent private land. There are many footpaths within Malvern and Malvern-Link adjacent to housing estates built in the 1950s and 1960"s, AT A TIME OF GREAT HOUSING NEED LIKE NOW, often running between houses and private gardens. These footpaths too were originally across fields before the housing estates were built. The existing paths across the Hayslain field could easily be incorporated into any new housing scheme to allow continuing access on foot to Cockshot Road and Great Malvern, the real raison d'etre of the paths.

Most of the complainants just want somewhere for their dogs to poo or are worried about the value of their property. I too would not be pleased if I lived near the field and realise that IT IS GOING TO BE BUILT ON, the protesters have not got a hope unfortunately for them.

There are several protests about potential housing developments running at present in Malvern, all organised by people who already have houses but don't want others to have enjoy the same privilege of home ownership that they themselves have enjoyed, and for many of the older home-owners, owner occupation subsidised by the non-home owning tax payer through mortgage interest tax relief.
The only right of access that the public have is access to the rights of way, NOT to the adjacent private land. There are many footpaths within Malvern and Malvern-Link adjacent to housing estates built in the 1950s and 1960"s, AT A TIME OF GREAT HOUSING NEED LIKE NOW, often running between houses and private gardens. These footpaths too were originally across fields before the housing estates were built. The existing paths across the Hayslain field could easily be incorporated into any new housing scheme to allow continuing access on foot to Cockshot Road and Great Malvern, the real raison d'etre of the paths. Most of the complainants just want somewhere for their dogs to poo or are worried about the value of their property. I too would not be pleased if I lived near the field and realise that IT IS GOING TO BE BUILT ON, the protesters have not got a hope unfortunately for them. There are several protests about potential housing developments running at present in Malvern, all organised by people who already have houses but don't want others to have enjoy the same privilege of home ownership that they themselves have enjoyed, and for many of the older home-owners, owner occupation subsidised by the non-home owning tax payer through mortgage interest tax relief. Bufton Tufton
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