THE campaign by a group of local residents to officially protect the Donkey Field from development has moved on a step.
A 42 day consultation period starts today where anyone can make representations on the application to have the land registered as a village green.
The application was made earlier this year by Whitby town councillor Tom Brown after parts of the historic Donkey Field were dug up in error by contractors.
As of today North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) will be publishing notices about the application which has been made under Section 15 (1) of the Commons Act 2006.
Coun Brown hopes that the land will be included in the register of town and village greens “by virtue of its use for leisure past-times by the local inhabitants for at least 20 years”.
It will be decided after the consultation period whether the status can be determined or whether their needs to be a public inquiry should any objections be raised.
The common land and village green officer said: “After the notice period is complete and subject to any objection received (and their subsequent investigation) a report will be presented to the next available suitable committee meeting with the recommendation to either, accept the application or hold a non statutory inquiry.”