Tenants have resolved a four decades-old mystery over the ownership of green space on their Sheffield estate - which they want to be developed for the community.
Members of Brindley and Mundella Tenants’ and Residents’ Association at Norton Lees have been trying to find out who owns the land, off Warminster Road, since the estate was built 38 years ago.
They would like to see the land, which is currently grassed-over and maintained by Sheffield Council, turned into allotments and a children’s play area.
Sheffield Council, which has now been found to own the site, has agreed to consider the request.
Glyn Hannan, chairman of the tenants’ and residents’ association, said: “The ownership of the land has been a mystery ever since the estate was built and people have wanted something done with it for many years.
“The site is known as Top Field and children used to play on it but, in recent years, it’s become nothing more than a dog toilet.”
Mr Hannan said the tenants’ group had been trying to find out ownership for years, to see whether any use could be found.
“There were rumours the land was contaminated - then when Sheffield Homes was in charge of the estates, we were told it would be impossible to find out who owns it.
“After housing was taken back under council control earlier this year, we were told it was the council, after all, which owns the land.”
Mr Hannan presented a 196-signature petition to a full meeting of Sheffield Council asking for the allotment and play area plan to be considered.
He said: “Around half the site could be used as a play area and you could fit about eight allotments on the rest.
“We know there is a shortage of allotments and there would be demand.”
Mr Hannan told councillors: “We are asking for the council to develop land which has not been used for anything during the 38-year history of the estate and is nothing but a dog toilet, which is unacceptable.”
The TARA has been supported by Liberal Democrat Graves Park councillor Denise Reaney, who represents the area.
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “Officers have been instructed to look at the issue at the moment.
“Having the land lie fallow is not good and we would rather it was used to benefit the local community.”
Christina Wright, a fellow member of Brindley and Mundella TARA, also presented a 1,049 signature to the full meeting of Sheffield Council against closure of Don Valley Stadium.
She said: “Taking the facility away will make it harder, if not impossible, for Sheffield to call itself a city of sport.”