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Council Threaten Legal Action Over Carlton Marsh

Wednesday April 24 2013

Carlton Marsh Carlton Marsh

BARNSLEY Council may take legal action against a consortium of scrap dealers to resolve a row over the ownership of part of a nature reserve.

Carlton Marsh Reserve was established in 1980 and is the oldest nature reserve in the borough.

Barnsley Council says it owns all the land after obtaining a compulsory purchase order years ago, but the scrap dealers claim they still own part of it.

The legal dispute has been running for some time, but last weekend diggers were used to remove sections of a hedgerow and to block off access to parts of the site and to steps and gates causing outrage amongst nature lovers and regular visitors.

Keen bird watcher Walter Potts was appalled by the damage.

"A huge stretch of hedgerow which contained lots of nesting birds was ripped up by machines," he said.

"I was speechless when I saw just how much damage had been caused. So many people have volunteered their time and effort to creating and keeping this lovely nature reserve and now these men and their machines have done all this damage."

Regular visitor Mary Barnett, said: "It's a beautiful place. One of the scrap dealers said he was going to build houses on the land - but the western meadow is bog and flood plain and houses a vent from the old colliery, so the land is unstable so how could it ever be housing?"

A council spokesman said: “The council considers it is the lawful owner of the land. We will take the appropriate action to protect this land and preserve public access, including legal action if necessary.”

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Reply Posted by graham on Sunday April 28 2013 at 16:41
more money councils going to waste what they ent got

Reply Posted by matt on Sunday April 28 2013 at 16:51
Its not about the money, atleast the council is trying to save habitats. Its a disgrace to say otherwise.

Reply Posted by Smiles on Sunday April 28 2013 at 16:55
How is protecting public land a waste of money? Rather my council tax be spent on this than paying people's benefits.

Reply Posted by boston on Sunday April 28 2013 at 17:11
well i hope the council has a spine and if they cant control the land ! mybe they can refuse planning premission to build there !!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Qfgbhhgb on Sunday April 28 2013 at 18:11
What a waste of money

Reply Posted by Anonymous on Sunday April 28 2013 at 18:44
Public land I don't think so check the deeds. Waste of money.

Reply Posted by Dannyboy on Sunday April 28 2013 at 19:36
A shocking display, total and utter disregard for the natural environment that we ALL benefit from, let's hope this is the beginning of the end for these cowboys

Reply Posted by Anonymous on Sunday April 28 2013 at 20:09
But its not Public land, and never has been. Its a Wickes situation all over again.

Reply Posted by Anonymous on Thursday May 2 2013 at 08:23
Its not public land or even councils its the scrap dealers and think its about time it got sorted

Reply Posted by Anti vandalism on Thursday May 2 2013 at 09:55
If the land belongs to scrap dealers why have they just started vandalising and wrecking? I've walked over there for 11 years and no one's ever challenged me about walking on private land and there's been a distinct lack of 'private land' signs. And if the council doesn't own the land, why have the owners allowed the council to maintain and improve the environment? Someone is trying to play a fast 'un and it isn't the council.

Reply Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 14:15
@ Anti vandalism - Yes it is a unique situation. The issue is the Council have tried to bully the scrap dealers out of that land like they did with the Wickes land owners on old mill lane. So now they have taken it on board to ensure one way or the other the land is made private as the high court papers state and not let Barnsley Council bully there way into getting it and selling it as industrial land. Walk paths and routes have progressively developed over time as walkers have ventured. It will all come out in the wash eventually.

Reply Posted by Phillips on Wednesday March 29 2017 at 17:40
This has been going on for more than 30.years. and the money this has cost has never been published. And when it does and barnsley tax payers have to code up.
I hope some body's head will roll.