Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Manor Park Further Update

About two weeks ago, a blog reader kindly informed me that work seems to have started on the controversial piece of land beside the railway embankment in Manor Park on Malden Road near the Plough. Diggers were there apparently clearing the site. As you can see above it has now been

Blog reader Bev has been solidly on the case and together with Conservative Councillor David Fraser (Kingston Council - Old Malden ward; pictured right) they have managed to get 313 signatures on their petition which Cllr Fraser submitted to the council on the 16th July. After receiving no response from them Bev e-mailed Kingston Council’s Chief Executive, Bruce McDonald and received a reply which included the update shown here:

As Bev put it:
"Although in the update it states that no planning applications have been made to date (25th September), in the letter dated 18 October that the owners ".............have pledged to submit a planning application for public consideration this month".  They do not give any info as to what they will be applying for and the cynic in me fears the worst, we will just have to wait and see.  The area has been cleared but the temporary fences are still in place and of course the weeds will just grow back again but I am appalled that the owners can pretty much do what they want and destroy the trees."  
No doubt Bev and Cllr Fraser will keep up the pressure and try to ensure the best outcome for this patch of Manor Park.

9 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Michael said...

Its good to see the council seem to be on top of this. Any idea who the owner/s is/are? Is it an individual or a company?

Bev said...

The council are only on top of this because we keep on at them. The area is owned by seven Tamil gentlemen. We will be keeping an eye out for planning applications for the area.

Chris said...

now theres a surprise

Allotments? said...

Does anybody know what is happening to this land? Apart from clearing the site there is, as yet, no sign on the fencing in respect of the owners intention.

Jeff said...

So seven Tamil gents bought that corner of land at Manor Park, Old Malden, by the railway line and promptly cleared it of the mature Hawthorn trees that grew there. Why? As the site has remained derelect for the past year and has not become allotments as the owners claimed we are entitled to ask why they bought this piece of land and destroyed the trees. Not in the interest of allotment holders I'm sure. I suggest they were hoping to build a house there and make a fat profit but hadn't done their homework and have since realised the Council won't allow it so they destroyed the Hawthorn trees in vain. The area is fast becoming an eyesore and I think the new Conservative Council should compulsory purchase the site for a very low price and attach it to Manor Park whence it once belonged.

Guest D said...

Jeff, I agree with you except on one point, the council are obliged to pay a fair price. But as they have destroyed the only value the land, had I think £1 would be about fair.

The Dutchman said...

Absolutely Jeff, I'm sure the majority of blog readers would be in 100% in favour of their local council being given the power to ride roughshod over the rights of a few people in order to benefit the many.

Guest said...

Dutchman, they already have the rights, they just need to go through the correct procedures, issuing enforcement notices etc.

If and only if the owners fail to follow them then they can issue a compulsory purchase order, to which the owners would have the right to object. So it's not a case of riding roughshod over the rights of a few.

The Dutchman said...

Fair enough, although I don't exactly see what they've done wrong. Group buys land, group clears land, group does nothing with land. As long as the first step is legit, then so be it.

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