We demand that Croydon scrap their plans to dispose of 195 sq m of land around Heath Lodge

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Croydon council has announced by advert in Croydon and Sutton local guardian on 26 December that it is planning on disposing of 195 sq meters of land adjacent to Heath Lodge which is located in Grangewood Park SE25 / CR7 Borders. The same advert also advised that the land is being disposed off in conjunction with the sale of Heath Lodge in the near future. Croydon council gave an undertaking that they would never sell off any part of our parks and green spaces. They have also not consulted with the Friends Of Grangewood Park (FOGP) or the London Wildlife Trust who have identified that a Grangewood Park is one of the last existing parts of the ancient Great North Wood. There is an area of ancient woodland right next to where the land is to disposed of thereby directly threatening the future of this special area.  Croydon council is also acting in direct contradiction to its own policies on increasing the green areas in the borough. The Council’s Local Plan is also still being consulted on so we are baffled as to how this proposal can be being put forwards at this time. Additionally we haven’t seen sufficient proof that the council actually owns the land it is planning on disposing of. We think there may be a covenant which would prohibit this proposal. The council has acted in an underhand and disingenuous way in order to bulldoze this proposal through. They need to be stopped in their tracks otherwise it will give them the green light to sell off more green spaces and parks as they wish. We need to get this petition to a thousand signatures ASAP and pass it to Stephen Wingrave Head of Estates and Assets in Croydon to show our wholehearted objections to this disgraceful proposal.