Public Meeting Tonight
Folks – due to the vagueries of email, I have only just heard about this. I don’t really know what I think about it, but I feel you should read what Derek has sent me, and make your own minds up. The meeting is tonight – very late notice, I know- but hey – better late than never, I guess.
Anyway – over to Derek:
“In order to preserve the gardens of Mycenae House in the Borough of Greenwich as a quiet open green space, which for some 40 years has been for the general benefit of the community, concerned people – pensioners, – applied to have the gardens registered as a Town Green. The borough had other ideas and in its efforts to squash the application and to preserve the gardens as a potential building site has ignored the Code of Conduct. Its own QC advised them that “the decision maker must be as independent as the Statute allows.”
The borough has already allowed a block of flats to be erected in the gardens against the advice of English Heritage and its own conservation department.
A major beneficiary of the registration would be the Steiner School, whose permitted use of the grounds, could be withdrawn at the Council’s whim if the application fails.
The Council will consider the application to register the grounds of Mycenae House as a town green at a public meeting, provisionally set to begin at 6.00 pm on Wed. 11th February. Details will be posted on www.westcombe.blogspot.com
Contrary to the advice of the courts, the Government, and legal advisers of other local authorities in similar cases, that “no man shall be the judge in his own case,” the Council has decided not to follow the procedures set out by Parliament to avoid conflict of interest. Instead, the dispute between the Council (as landowner) and the applicant on the facts of the case will be decided by a small committee of the Council itself, against which there is no appeal. By way of threat the Council has stated that it reserves the right to appeal to the Lords and to the European Court of Human Rights for compensation if it loses its right to allow further property development on the rest of the gardens. If the gardens were registered as a town or village green they would be protected thus benefiting the School and the local community alike.
The Council used most of the £1.6 million proceeds of an earlier sale of part of the Gardens to finance new Council developments in Woolwich. “
So – there you have it. Sorry about the late notice again, guys.