Green sale will fund plans for Wickford regeneration

Land in Radwinter Avenue sold

Land in Radwinter Avenue sold

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A CONTESTED green has finally been sold to fund regeneration plans – but senior councillors will not say how much it cost.

Campaigners have been trying to stop the sale of the land, in Radwinter Avenue, Wickford, but an offer has been accepted from Croudace Homes.

Tory-run Basildon Council had borrowed £2.7million last October to fund Wickford swimming pool’s refurbishment and High Street improvements, on the premise they would sell the land to pay back the loan.

But, despite confirming the development would contain 20 to 30 homes, bosses are not saying how much they got for the land.

Malcolm Buckley, the councillor responsible for regeneration, said: “We have to invest ourselves. To do this, we need to sell this piece of land.

“We will be placing a covenant on the land to restrict development and ensure the site is developed sensitively and in keeping with the surrounding areas. The preferred scheme comprises entirely of detached properties. I appreciate this sale is not popular with everyone, but I believe the overall benefits this delivers across the town are worth it.”

As well as the convenant, campaigners thought there was a block on any developers building on the site, but the council claimed there was not.

A 2011 survey found Radwinter Avenue was not suitable for homes, because of an apparent covenant on the land.

David Harrison, vice-chairman of the Wickford Action Group, which campaigns against over-development, added: “We will be ensuring that all the proceeds from this will be spent in Wickford.

“We will also be watching carefully to ensure there is no over-development on the site.”

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4:08pm Tue 25 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Looks like a nice place to build some much needed houses on, hope they bear in mind the drainage required..
Looks like a nice place to build some much needed houses on, hope they bear in mind the drainage required.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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4:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

The sale price should be public knowledge - it is in the public's interest .
The sale price should be public knowledge - it is in the public's interest . jolllyboy
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4:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

One day we will read about a green space in Billericay being sold off to help pay for a sporting venue.

Just after a squadron of pigs do an aerobatic display over Gloucester Park....
One day we will read about a green space in Billericay being sold off to help pay for a sporting venue. Just after a squadron of pigs do an aerobatic display over Gloucester Park.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

4:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mattster says...

Looks like thats the last green space gone in that area then.
Looks like thats the last green space gone in that area then. Mattster
  • Score: 2

5:52pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Ed Woods says...

Wickford - soon to be renamed North Basildon.
Wickford - soon to be renamed North Basildon. Ed Woods
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6:12pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

jolllyboy wrote:
The sale price should be public knowledge - it is in the public's interest .
It is public money...the council has no money of its own..the council work for the people...the council are elected by the people..both are answerable to the people...
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: The sale price should be public knowledge - it is in the public's interest .[/p][/quote]It is public money...the council has no money of its own..the council work for the people...the council are elected by the people..both are answerable to the people... ThisYear
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Tue 25 Feb 14

iknowbetter says...

Ed Woods wrote:
Wickford - soon to be renamed North Basildon.
I thought it was already!!
[quote][p][bold]Ed Woods[/bold] wrote: Wickford - soon to be renamed North Basildon.[/p][/quote]I thought it was already!! iknowbetter
  • Score: 1

6:45pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

ThisYear wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
The sale price should be public knowledge - it is in the public's interest .
It is public money...the council has no money of its own..the council work for the people...the council are elected by the people..both are answerable to the people...
Edit: **councillors are elected by the people**
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: The sale price should be public knowledge - it is in the public's interest .[/p][/quote]It is public money...the council has no money of its own..the council work for the people...the council are elected by the people..both are answerable to the people...[/p][/quote]Edit: **councillors are elected by the people** ThisYear
  • Score: 0

7:50pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Dan_ says...

ThisYear wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
The sale price should be public knowledge - it is in the public's interest .
It is public money...the council has no money of its own..the council work for the people...the council are elected by the people..both are answerable to the people...
+1. You should be able to walk into a council office and obtain absolutely any information you want! Scandalous!
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: The sale price should be public knowledge - it is in the public's interest .[/p][/quote]It is public money...the council has no money of its own..the council work for the people...the council are elected by the people..both are answerable to the people...[/p][/quote]+1. You should be able to walk into a council office and obtain absolutely any information you want! Scandalous! Dan_
  • Score: 3

5:26pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

They won't say how much they sold it for so they can keep selling off more pockets of green space and parkland and say they need the money to pay for the refurbishments etc. It's a tactic they have been employing in respect of the Sporting Village in Basildon to great effect for the past few years.
They won't say how much they sold it for so they can keep selling off more pockets of green space and parkland and say they need the money to pay for the refurbishments etc. It's a tactic they have been employing in respect of the Sporting Village in Basildon to great effect for the past few years. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

7:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

TheWizzard says...

jolllyboy wrote:
The sale price should be public knowledge - it is in the public's interest .
submit an foi request and give them 20 days in which to answer, if they fail, then write to the information comisioners office
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: The sale price should be public knowledge - it is in the public's interest .[/p][/quote]submit an foi request and give them 20 days in which to answer, if they fail, then write to the information comisioners office TheWizzard
  • Score: 2

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