Can a tidal beach be a village green?

When you imagine a village green a beach that is completely submerged at high tide may not be the first image that springs to mind.

Nevertheless, East Sussex County Council agreed to register Newhaven's West Beach as a village green last year, on the basis that local residents had used the beach for lawful sports and pastimes for 20 years before it was fenced off in 2006. 


The Council found that the legal tests set out for new town or village green registration in section 15 of the Commons Act had been met.The beach owner is now asking the High Court to quash the registration - if the registration is allowed to stand the implication must be that all tidal beaches around the coast of England and Wales could become village greens: watch this space.


by Amy Rogers, Associate