Torbay Council voted unanimously to transfer the ownership of the King George V Playing Fields from Torbay Council to Fields in Trust at the Full Council meeting on the 2nd of February. The decision follows a campaign by Torquay Liberal Democrats to put right an 80 year old wrong, in that the fields were never registered as memorial playing fields for King George V. Fields in Trust is an organisation established to protect and improve public open spaces in the interests of the local community.
St Marychurch campaigner David Ward said: “I and local residents are delighted that there was a unanimous vote in favour of our campaign to transfer the King George V Playing Fields to the Fields in Trust organisation. It is also helpful that the Council set a time limit of one year for the transfer to this organisation.”
The lleader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council, Steve Darling, said: “It was disappointing that the Conservative elected Mayor tried to confuse matters over which parts of the land are set to be transferred across to Fields in Trust. I have arranged to review the historic documentation from 80 years ago with officers and one of the St Marychurch Councillors to ensure the land transferred is that which was purchased for this purpose. Once we have established this, I will let people know the details of the land to be transferred.”