With this council mr logic is not at home. It was more a knee jerk reaction from the chair who sent an e.mail saying that the chair, vice chair and clerks had decided to take full legal advice due to the trustees stance against the council. We briefed full council in dec (being given 10 minutes, no discussion no questions allowed) and it was clear that the councillors were completely at sea with it all. The last time the issue was put to the council was in late 2019 (before my time), and the council eventually replied, some months after being asked, that the clerk now had full authority to get legal advice and provide a response. There was none, of course, and as per all the other queries over the years, it just dies. To overcome that, following the briefing, we decided to brief every organisation who had activities on the field. This has raised some interest, especially when those entities were asked if they knew the field was a charity and they should be paying market rent for being there, and to the charity not the council. The good news is that we now have our own legal advice, and it just repeats what the charity commission has been telling the council since 2008, but with some good insights into what needs doing to correct the situation. The Jan full council meeting agenda is just out, and I am glad to see the that the council is now going to get full legal advice to guide them. But as they have done that 4 times before (and promised to do so in 2019 and then did not) we do not trust them. Re acre, they have pulled back as it is a recreation field rather than a village hall. We contacted Fields in Trust and they are looking at it. The legal advisor we now have noted that the land registry does not show the field as being protected, and that it has a Field in Trust protection is incorrect. There is no charity restriction on the land either, which may be an old problem or one created when the council tried to get rid of the charity in 2013. I now see that the Jan agenda does not have a line item for the appointment of trustees by the council. This was an agreed action from the Dec meeting, but the council has a habit of dropping actions! It is all quite interesting and I have promised SLCC a paper on the subject.