Sutton parishioners are being urged to pledge money to help buy a piece of open land for the village.

The parish council wants to buy the two-acre Alvic Field, off Holme Lane, which is due to go under the hammer at an auction in Leeds on Wednesday. Its bid to buy the land ahead of the auction was rejected, which means councillors will now bid at the auction itself.

District councillor and ward representative Ken Hart, who is going to the auction with parish council chairman, Neil Whitaker, said they had been told there had been a lot of outside interest in the field. And he said in order for it to be secured for the village, the council would need more pledges of money.

“We’ve had a few pledges already, but we could really do with some more if we are to be successful, “ he said.

If the council succeeds in buying the land it will consult on its future use.

The field is being sold by Auction House and has a guide price of £10,000.

Anyone interested in pledging money to secure it for Sutton should contact the clerk, Denise Emmott, or any parish councillor.