the RESTRICTIVE covenant
Local people feel a passionate sense of ownership of the rec.
And rightly so. It was given to us, the community, by Lord Dysart in 1904, by an Act of Parliament.
Some of you will have heard of the covenant…It is a legal document restricting how the rec can be used. A brief extract of the most relevant points from the Act is given below.
‘The corporation shall at all times preserve the said piece of land as a cricket and athletic ground or other place of exercise and recreation. The corporation shall not suffer any building to be erected thereon…except a pavilion or other such building or buildings as may conduce to the more convenient use of the land.’
The whole Act can be seen here: