I am a solicitor in Scotland. Can you scan and upload your lease please?
Any luck with the scan?
Thanks I'll look out for it.
I've seen the papers thank you. They are right insofar as your lease doesn't entitle you to use the ground. However, if the ground is freely open to the public there is nothing to stop you doing what you have done for the last several decades. They can't keep you off public land except to the extent that you are carrying on a business there. Members of the public going to try out clubs and free lessons to young people wouldn't constitute that. Charging for lessons would be a different issue on which you have not quite so strong an argument. But again you have done so peacefully and without objection for many years. Accordingly ask them for the legal basis of their letter especially as their predecessors have acquiesced in your using the land. It would not surprise me if the land was still owned by the council in any event. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.