Bristol park focus of town green status bid

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A green space in Bristol which was going to be sold as part of a city council land sell-off could become a town green.

Okebourne Road Open Space in Brentry was taken off the council's for sale list in 2010 and now a residents' group has applied for the protected status.

If the application is successful it would prevent development on the space.

Land can be registered as a town or village green under the Enclosure Act 1857 and Commons Act 1876.

Bristol City Council recently approved the sale of 40 other green spaces which it said would raise £16m.

The Friends of Okebourne Open Space group said it wants to open allotments and a new orchard at Okebourne Road.

John Rich, the group's chairman, said the area was popular with locals.

"It's used by dog walkers, people who want to sit out and enjoy the peace and also for people to play football," he said.

Mr Rich said the application for town green status could make sure the park was saved from development.

"This is about making the land fit for future generations. When our children grow up we want to preserve the land for them," he said.

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