New Addington village green bid cost Croydon Council £271k

Croydon Guardian: Village green status would have meant this paved area could not be built on Village green status would have meant this paved area could not be built on

One resident's failed attempt to block regeneration plans for New Addington's Central Parade cost the council £271,056 in legal fees, it has been revealed.

Michael Fuller, 74, of Overbury Crescent, lodged two applications for village green status to be awarded to the street and requested a judicial review when Croydon Council refused it.

The legal fees were run up considering the applications, during a public inquiry and during the judicial review.

The application, which would have meant a paved area including three cars parks could not be built on, also delayed plans for a supermarket and a new leisure centre by two years.

Coun Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning and regeneration, described the legal costs as "a disgrace".

He added: "Over a quarter of a million pounds was wasted by an attempt to obstruct plans to improve the lives of people in New Addington."

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4:55pm Wed 16 Oct 13

ummagumma says...

£271k, not much really when you think about the £20,000,000+ that Croydon council paid out to "interim" staff, some of whom were on £800 a DAY, in 2011 when they were handing out redundancy notices left, right and centre to the ordinary hardworking council employees because they were "tightening their belts". Ironically, most of the people that were made redundant lived, and spent their salary locally, whereas 99% of the "interim" staff lived and spent their money outside Croydon. Councillor Jason Perry should be ashamed of himself and his cohorts, councillors Pollard, Pearson and Bashford.
£271k, not much really when you think about the £20,000,000+ that Croydon council paid out to "interim" staff, some of whom were on £800 a DAY, in 2011 when they were handing out redundancy notices left, right and centre to the ordinary hardworking council employees because they were "tightening their belts". Ironically, most of the people that were made redundant lived, and spent their salary locally, whereas 99% of the "interim" staff lived and spent their money outside Croydon. Councillor Jason Perry should be ashamed of himself and his cohorts, councillors Pollard, Pearson and Bashford. ummagumma

7:40pm Wed 16 Oct 13

ArfurTowcrate says...

What's disgraceful is fat boy Jason criticising someone for exercising their legal, democratic rights. He'd just love it if the public rolled over when he and his chums sent in the bulldozers.
What's disgraceful is fat boy Jason criticising someone for exercising their legal, democratic rights. He'd just love it if the public rolled over when he and his chums sent in the bulldozers. ArfurTowcrate

1:04pm Thu 17 Oct 13

ANNE GILES says...

Perhaps the stupid person who lodged the application should be made to pay.
Perhaps the stupid person who lodged the application should be made to pay. ANNE GILES

4:43pm Thu 17 Oct 13

ummagumma says...

Anne, you just don't get it, do you? For a start, as Arfur Towcrate says, Michael Fuller was exercising his legal and democratic right to object, AND HE DID PAY! He paid what he could afford, a local solicitor. If Croydon council had done the same, instead of deciding to hire one of the most expensive city lawyers around to spend Croydon taxpayers money (that's you, me and everybody else's money, Anne), we would only be looking at a very small legal bill. One more thing to think about, Anne, most of the top people employed by Croydon Council (the ones that control the budget) live OUTSIDE of Croydon, so really don't give a toss about wasting OUR money, because they do not contribute to the pot. Perhaps it's really you that should be labelled as the "stupid person".
Anne, you just don't get it, do you? For a start, as Arfur Towcrate says, Michael Fuller was exercising his legal and democratic right to object, AND HE DID PAY! He paid what he could afford, a local solicitor. If Croydon council had done the same, instead of deciding to hire one of the most expensive city lawyers around to spend Croydon taxpayers money (that's you, me and everybody else's money, Anne), we would only be looking at a very small legal bill. One more thing to think about, Anne, most of the top people employed by Croydon Council (the ones that control the budget) live OUTSIDE of Croydon, so really don't give a toss about wasting OUR money, because they do not contribute to the pot. Perhaps it's really you that should be labelled as the "stupid person". ummagumma

9:05pm Thu 17 Oct 13

ArfurTowcrate says...

ANNE GILES wrote:
Perhaps the stupid person who lodged the application should be made to pay.
There you have it, folks. Croydon Conservatives' mouthpiece wants to tax people who want to protect the environment and who have the nerve to stand in the way of the Tory wreckers.

I bet if Labour got in and wanted to ruin her backyard, she would resent having to cough up a penny to stop it.
[quote][p][bold]ANNE GILES[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the stupid person who lodged the application should be made to pay.[/p][/quote]There you have it, folks. Croydon Conservatives' mouthpiece wants to tax people who want to protect the environment and who have the nerve to stand in the way of the Tory wreckers. I bet if Labour got in and wanted to ruin her backyard, she would resent having to cough up a penny to stop it. ArfurTowcrate

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