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Stinkpot landowner offers to sell to council
THE owner of a field at the centre of a row about rights of way is trying to sell it to Salisbury City Council.
Melanie Auchterlonie fenced off the field next to an area known as Stinkpot Alley by the River Avon in Stratford-sub-Castle in 2011 to keep her animals safe, but people living nearby were furious as they said a path through the field had been used by residents for decades.
An application for it to be made a right of way was submitted and an interim ruling allowing the application was made following a public inquiry last year.
But an appeal was lodged against the decision and a new inquiry is due to be held in December.
Ms Auchterlonie said she has had the land valued at £90,000 but has suggested she may be willing to sell it to the council for £50,000.
But at a meeting of the city council’s policy and resources meeting on Monday night, cllr Derek Brown said: “I don’t think the land can be worth very much. It’s simply unusable for anything other than walking your dog.”
Cllr John Walsh said: “The land is now almost worthless to the lady who bought it so in theory it should be a snip. It’s marsh grass, it floods every winter and there’s a footpath across it anyway, so all I’d say we need to do is put in a stile or kissing gate at either end.”
The committee decided to try to negotiate a lower price.
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