Investigate the local Councillor who made false claims to Merton's Cabinet in order to appropriate public land at Dundonald Rec.
Appropriation of a public park by abusing the planning system must not be allowed.
Merton Council has removed public rights over public open space and has created a model that will be copied around the country. Dundonald Rec's tennis courts and sports pavilion are no longer part of the public recreation ground. Merton Council took advantage of a loophole in the law that allows the removal of public open space simply by declaring that is "no longer required".
This was facilitated by a false statement by Cllr Andrew Judge (Cabinet Member for the Environment) who told Merton's Cabinet that the tennis courts were used exclusively by Dundonald school. In fact the tennis courts were in regular use by all members of the community and only occasionally by the school as members of the public.
When the High Court considered the issue of use of the tennis courts, it confirmed that exclusive use by the school would be unlawful. In misrepresenting the status and use of the land Cllr Judge and Merton Council misled Sport England and other decision makers in order to facilitate the removal of public rights and access to the land.
A local resident has asked Merton Council's Legal department to investigate Cllr Judge's statement, but both the legal department and the Chief Executive have decided to cover up for the Council and have blocked the investigation.
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