Final decision due
Jul 8, 2016 — The Friends have been given time at a full meeting of the Council at 7.30 on the 18th July at Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22 8LE.
The public is welcome to attend and it would make a big difference to see the public gallery full of Parkland Walk fans.
Although planning permission has been granted, the remaining process is for the Parks department, acting in its capacity as the landowner, to decide if it will permit the use of the Parkland Walk as a means of delivering the development.
There are 2 major concerns at this stage. The first is that the Council plans to make that decision on the 11th of July, a full week before our hearing with the Council, so the likelihood is that by the 18th it will be a done deal.
The second concern is that the Legal department seems reluctant to square up to the developer. We think they are simply trying to avoid running up legal costs which the council can ill afford. That is not surprising. What is surprising is that they seem to think they have to compromise. We assert that the Council, as landowner, has no obligation whatsoever to comply with anything the Local Planning Authority agrees with another landowner.
Haringey Council is a landowner on behalf of the public and the community. This is the moral argument that in the final analysis, on which all law is based.
The Parkland Walk is held, not as a property asset or in passing but held in trust for the wider public.
It would be like your next door neighbour expecting you to allow them to drive over your garden for 2 years to build something on their land. You would rightly and lawfully reject that and would reject any access to your land even with a wheelbarrow as that would be trespass.
You can read the document we have sent to the council this morning to try and influence the decision on Monday. We will let you know what happens as soon as we hear
You can send your own emails - reflecting our views to the Chief Executive Nick Walkley email@example.com or the leader of the Council firstname.lastname@example.org or the cabinet member for the environment email@example.com
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