A bid by Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council to buy a piece of land for the village has failed after it sold for £60,000 over the guide price.

Despite pledges of £18,000 from residents, which would have been matched by the council, it was not enough to buy Alvic Field, off Holme Lane, which was sold for £70,000.

In a statement, the parish council said it was disappointed, but grateful to all those who came forward with offers of financial help.

“The council are disappointed in not acquiring the land on behalf of the village but would like to express how well the community came together in our bid to improve appearances and amenities in the village.

“The council were prepared to match fund the £18,000 pledged by members of the public as well as cover legal and auction fees had they been successful.”

The statement continued: “We would like to thank all those who attended the village meeting, those who pledged money towards the bid and wrote to the council expressing their support.”

Residents and councillors are now wondering what will happen to the field.