‘Common land’ debate threatens Pub in the Park event
Residents have claimed that the licence granted to September’s Pub in the Park event could be deemed illegal as The Heath is considered common land.
According to Natural England, putting a fence in, charging entry fees or restricting access to common land would be a breach of legislation. The event was due to take place on The Heath, which is ‘common land’.
The Tatton Estate have said that this is not the case and that there is no issue with the event.
Rosie Littler at TEM Group, who are organising the event, said: We are thrilled to see so many people sharing the excitement for this very ‘Knutsford’ event with comments and early interest in tickets, and support in licensing by the borough and town councils and Friends of the Heath.
“We are saddened that a loud minority are trying to spoil the event and attempt to reopen a legal debate of The Heath’s status which confirmed definitively that the Heath is privately owned land, with two ‘freeholders’ having a ‘right of common’ of ‘digging for and getting clay and sand to be used in the rebuilding or reparation of any ancient buildings erected’, specifically 94 and 96 King Street.”
Cllr Stewart Gardiner, who opposed the event through his role on the CEC licensing committee, said: “I don’t believe that this sort of event should be held in these areas of open space used for informal activity. It’s a play area used for community events.”
Legal advice is being sought by Councillors.