We are Delighted to read in Wandsworth Tory Councillors published newsletter via email The following update from them clarifying Wandsworth councils stance on any development of the Romany Scout site , their stance on the Asset of Community Value order and their desire to uphold the covenants until 2100.. But we mustn't be complacent . It's really important that people still come to the public meeting next week 3rd July At Beatrix Potter School @ 7.30 pm to voice their desire to Protect The Romany and put questions to the invited panel, including these councillors ,to ensure The Romany never passes into private ownership for development ...
We, Claire Clay, Maurice Heaster and Kathy Tracey, your Conservative councillors, are delighted to have been re-elected in May’s elections. Between us we’ve lived locally for over a hundred years and we’re looking forward to another 4 years of representing and helping local residents. We can’t promise to solve all your problems, but if you need us our contact details are below. Here are a few things happening locally this summer.
The Future of the Romany
This is a charming oasis of land behind Lyford and Magdalen Roads, home to a myriad of much loved local groups. It's owned by Magdalen Park Lawn Tennis Club and part of it is leased to the scouts, these two are negotiating the renewal of this lease.
We understand the tennis club is exploring their options for the rest of the site. These options are limited as there is a covenant which prohibits any development on the site until 2100 and the whole site has been designated by the council an Asset of Community Value, meaning that if the site were to be sold or leased the owner has a duty to inform the council. Under certain circumstances the disposal can be put on hold, and the local community given 6 months to come up with their own offer. Plans to do anything other than superficial maintenance to the existing buildings would have to be submitted to the council's planning department. The council's policy of protecting existing community facilities provides significant safeguards - you can read more technical information about this here.
So far no planning application has been submitted, nor has any developer arranged a pre-application consultation. Nevertheless there is, understandably, considerable disquiet about the future of this space, and a public meeting has been arranged for Thursday 3rd July at Beatrix Potter School at 7.30pm.
How to contact your local councillors
Claire on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 020 8870 8133.
Maurice on email@example.com
, or 020 8874 4681
Kathy on firstname.lastname@example.org
, or 020 8870 3184