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Burton Bradstock village plot bought at auction for £65k
BURTON Bradstock Parish Council has successful bid of £65,000 for a plot of land at auction.
It has purchased a plot of land known locally as Corncrake next to its playing field and recreation ground.
The seven-acre plot of land is bordered on one side by the River Bride.
Graham Moody, chairman of the parish council, said: “The recent auction presented us with an ideal and probably unique opportunity to obtain a key plot of land within the village.
“Having this land in the ownership of the parish council secures its future for community use.
“Our wish to purchase the land was discussed at recent parish council meetings and has widespread support among parishioners”.
As well as being used for pasture, the land is already used for recreation purposes.
It is a favourite spot for walkers, giving access to a popular route between the village and beach.
It also provides village school children and others a traffic-free means of access to the playing field from the school.
It is also the site of the village’s annual duck race.
There are lots of suggestions already about how the land could be used further.
Ideas include a riverside walk, picnic area, community orchard, full size football pitch and recreation area for older children.
The council said that no decisions will be made until parishioners have had a chance to voice their opinions.
Mr Moody said: “We will soon be consulting with parishioners on the draft parish plan for the next five years and the future management and use of Corncrake will be a key part of this plan.
“We will also be looking at fund raising”.
The council said that the land is unlikely to be used for residential development due to its location in the flood plain and because it sits outside the defined development boundary.