Campaigners launch drive to buy Warneford Meadow

Warneford Meadow

Warneford Meadow

First published in News

CAMPAIGNERS are preparing for a big fundraising push to buy an 18-acre town green.

The deadline for expressing an interest in buying Warneford Meadow has passed and groups have been given five months to raise the necessary money.

Friends of Warneford Meadow is one of the groups which has expressed an interest.

Group member Andrew Carter said: “What we are doing now is making ourselves into a legal entity and taking the next step, which means we can enter into a partnership with whoever buys the meadow so we can maintain it.

“Obviously we are also considering how to raise the money to make a bid. We hope whoever ends up owning the meadow is concerned about managing it as a town green.”

Town greens are a type of common land on which it is unlawful to build.

Six years ago Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Healthcare Trust – now Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust – submitted an application to build up to 300 homes on the land.

Campaigners successfully registered the land as a town green which was then upheld after the trust challenged the decision in the High Court.

In the meantime it is understood the value of the land has fallen from more than £30m to as low as £500,000.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said a number of people had expressed interest in buying the meadow but would not say who they were.

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7:53pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

Perhaps some of those people with money to throw away on a piece of French canvas, can throw some in the direction of this much more worthy cause.
Perhaps some of those people with money to throw away on a piece of French canvas, can throw some in the direction of this much more worthy cause. Dilligaf2010
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3:24am Sat 4 Aug 12

Whopper w/o Pickle Cornmarket St says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
Perhaps some of those people with money to throw away on a piece of French canvas, can throw some in the direction of this much more worthy cause.
Personally I would like the see the ludicrous "Town Green" status revoked, and the Council to build much needed homes for local families. This land is practically wasteland and it is only the local nimbys that want to keep it as such.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: Perhaps some of those people with money to throw away on a piece of French canvas, can throw some in the direction of this much more worthy cause.[/p][/quote]Personally I would like the see the ludicrous "Town Green" status revoked, and the Council to build much needed homes for local families. This land is practically wasteland and it is only the local nimbys that want to keep it as such. Whopper w/o Pickle Cornmarket St
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7:15pm Sat 4 Aug 12

bart-on simpson says...

Scrubland, good for houses or a velodrome...
Scrubland, good for houses or a velodrome... bart-on simpson
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10:41am Sun 5 Aug 12

2befrank says...

I hope the campaigners are happy that they have deprived our NHS that looks after our health of £29.5million.

I trust that there next campaign is not going to be for additional drugs or treatments.
I hope the campaigners are happy that they have deprived our NHS that looks after our health of £29.5million. I trust that there next campaign is not going to be for additional drugs or treatments. 2befrank
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3:19pm Sun 5 Aug 12

Oflife says...

What does the NHS have to do with land? I find it worrying that an entity formed for altruistic purposes is linked with property ownership! Our taxes pay for the NHS, and if the NHS wants to save money, it can encourage not discourage exercise, and one of the most liberating non impact non competitive ways to do that is long brisk walks - in an unspoiled naturefull meadow. Else, more diabetes and obese patience to tend too - just visit your local shopping centre or retail park for evidence of how fat we've all become. = £££
What does the NHS have to do with land? I find it worrying that an entity formed for altruistic purposes is linked with property ownership! Our taxes pay for the NHS, and if the NHS wants to save money, it can encourage not discourage exercise, and one of the most liberating non impact non competitive ways to do that is long brisk walks - in an unspoiled naturefull meadow. Else, more diabetes and obese patience to tend too - just visit your local shopping centre or retail park for evidence of how fat we've all become. = £££ Oflife
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