A DECISION on whether to make Yarmouth Recreation Ground a village green has been put off until next year.
The Isle of Wight Council’s appeals sub-committee was considering a recommendation to register the space — known as The Rec — but excluding the clubhouse used by Yarmouth Football Club.
But at today's (Friday) hearing, landowners the Yarmouth Town Trust, said they had not been given enough time to prepare due to an administrative error by the Isle of Wight Council.
A decision on the future of the recreation ground will now be made on January 20, next year.
The village green application was made by Station Road resident Peter Scott, a former chairman of Yarmouth Town Trust and an ex-town councillor, but it is opposed by the trust, which owns the recreation ground and leases it to the town council.
The trust has also refused to accept Mr Scott’s nomination by the town council as a trustee.
The trust believes registration would stand in the way of organised football matches, which have taken place there since the 1930s. That is disputed by the Isle of Wight Council, which says existing use would be unaffected.
Not registering the clubhouse would allow the football club to replace the dilapidated facilities in the future.
Because of conflicting evidence, an alternative recommendation has advised councillors they could appoint an independent inspector to seek additional evidence and prepare a further report for the committee — at a cost of up to £5,000 - in the future.
If the land was registered it would confirm the right of its use for recreation in perpetuity.
The application is supported by evidence collected by Mr Scott from other residents to support his argument that The Rec had been used 'as of right’ for recreation for at least 20 years while the trust maintains use was only with its permission.