Builders are taking over our green land

Echo: Builders are taking over our green land Builders are taking over our green land

A CONCERNED resident called the police after he saw builders fencing off a wooded area in Benfleet.

Keith Little, 66, of Downer Road North, was horrified when he caught builders cutting shrubbery at the end of his road – some of which is protected under a tree preservation order.

Mr Little called the police about noon, concerned the builders’ actions were illegal.

A PCSO attended the incident, but said no criminal offence had taken place as none of the plants removed were subject to the order.

Mr Little fears developers could soon take over the site.

He said: “I saw the land grabbers working on the land yesterday morning and called the police, as it is considered a criminal offence to cut down trees protected under the order.

“The land is under threat from a person claiming to be the owner and the residents of Downer Road North are preparing for battle.”

It is not clear who the owner of the private land is, as it has not been registered.

Mr Little said a family from Suffolk had temporary possession of the land and reportedly ordered builders to begin work.

It is not known what could be built there.

Castle Point Council confirmed to Mr Little that only parts of the land were protected by the tree preservation order.

Mr Little is starting a campaign to bring the entire area under protection.

He said: “I feel this is the start of another battle against those who are happy to destroywildlife habitats and the pleasure we gain from green belt land for their own selfish profit.

“Shame on them. We are ready for the fight.”

Conservative councillor for St Peter’s ward Bill Dick said: “The council does not own the land and therefore cannot do anything about it.

“The problem is we don’t know who the owner is and to expand the existing tree preservation order the owner needs to agree.”

A police spokeswoman confirmed a PCSO attended the incident on Wednesday afternoon and gave advice to those involved in the dispute.

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7:18am Mon 2 Jun 14

Kursaal76 says...

makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.
makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt. Kursaal76
  • Score: -15

7:36am Mon 2 Jun 14

born and raised criminal says...

Kursaal76 wrote:
makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.
Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.
[quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing. born and raised criminal
  • Score: -25

9:49am Mon 2 Jun 14

DAGASMAN says...

Of course his house was once green fields, it doesnt pre-date the big bang does it? Why does that mean he shouldnt object to this? So by your logic, nobody with a house can object to in theory the whole UK being concreted over?
Of course his house was once green fields, it doesnt pre-date the big bang does it? Why does that mean he shouldnt object to this? So by your logic, nobody with a house can object to in theory the whole UK being concreted over? DAGASMAN
  • Score: 29

10:10am Mon 2 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

They should mind their own business...
They should mind their own business... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -23

10:21am Mon 2 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

this story should run and run, right up until that new housing estate gets built on there..... should be a right laugh
this story should run and run, right up until that new housing estate gets built on there..... should be a right laugh pembury53
  • Score: -18

11:53am Mon 2 Jun 14

andy:) says...

Kursaal76 wrote:
makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.
A rather dumb comment, no doubt ALL house plots were once green land, it all depends how far you go back !
[quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.[/p][/quote]A rather dumb comment, no doubt ALL house plots were once green land, it all depends how far you go back ! andy:)
  • Score: 19

12:25pm Mon 2 Jun 14

dhd says...

born and raised criminal wrote:
Kursaal76 wrote:
makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.
Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.
That is a rather ignorant comment, where do you think the oxygen you breath comes from. Do you not care about your great grandchildren and their children and the legacy we're going to leave them,
[quote][p][bold]born and raised criminal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.[/p][/quote]That is a rather ignorant comment, where do you think the oxygen you breath comes from. Do you not care about your great grandchildren and their children and the legacy we're going to leave them, dhd
  • Score: 13

12:36pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Nelly99 says...

Two things spring to mind...they only sent a PCSO so obviously not taken seriously and the people doing the cutting must have some legal right or they wouldn't be doing it. Sadly, to build new houses you have to destroy previously green land and you are bound to upset someone. The T.V prog The Planners showed that people will always complain about everything.
Two things spring to mind...they only sent a PCSO so obviously not taken seriously and the people doing the cutting must have some legal right or they wouldn't be doing it. Sadly, to build new houses you have to destroy previously green land and you are bound to upset someone. The T.V prog The Planners showed that people will always complain about everything. Nelly99
  • Score: -4

1:10pm Mon 2 Jun 14

bellabear1 says...

The person in question is claiming adverse possession which is basically squatters rights they do not own the land if this was happening in front of your home you would do everything to stop it to and all the problems this will bring to homes and wildlife so jog on with your pointless remarks no one cares about what you think
The person in question is claiming adverse possession which is basically squatters rights they do not own the land if this was happening in front of your home you would do everything to stop it to and all the problems this will bring to homes and wildlife so jog on with your pointless remarks no one cares about what you think bellabear1
  • Score: 8

1:45pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Kursaal76 says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
Of course his house was once green fields, it doesnt pre-date the big bang does it? Why does that mean he shouldnt object to this? So by your logic, nobody with a house can object to in theory the whole UK being concreted over?
so he moves in to his has that was previously green land then prevents anyone else from building on other areas of green land that's fair is it?
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: Of course his house was once green fields, it doesnt pre-date the big bang does it? Why does that mean he shouldnt object to this? So by your logic, nobody with a house can object to in theory the whole UK being concreted over?[/p][/quote]so he moves in to his has that was previously green land then prevents anyone else from building on other areas of green land that's fair is it? Kursaal76
  • Score: -13

1:47pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Kursaal76 says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
Of course his house was once green fields, it doesnt pre-date the big bang does it? Why does that mean he shouldnt object to this? So by your logic, nobody with a house can object to in theory the whole UK being concreted over?
well at some point every bit of green will be gone. the amount of immigrants coming other and people having more kids
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: Of course his house was once green fields, it doesnt pre-date the big bang does it? Why does that mean he shouldnt object to this? So by your logic, nobody with a house can object to in theory the whole UK being concreted over?[/p][/quote]well at some point every bit of green will be gone. the amount of immigrants coming other and people having more kids Kursaal76
  • Score: 8

1:48pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Kursaal76 says...

andy:) wrote:
Kursaal76 wrote:
makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.
A rather dumb comment, no doubt ALL house plots were once green land, it all depends how far you go back !
my comment is not dumb is just a comment you do not agree with!
how far do you want do go back have houses been there since the beginning of time itself?
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.[/p][/quote]A rather dumb comment, no doubt ALL house plots were once green land, it all depends how far you go back ![/p][/quote]my comment is not dumb is just a comment you do not agree with! how far do you want do go back have houses been there since the beginning of time itself? Kursaal76
  • Score: -9

1:52pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Kursaal76 says...

dhd wrote:
born and raised criminal wrote:
Kursaal76 wrote:
makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.
Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.
That is a rather ignorant comment, where do you think the oxygen you breath comes from. Do you not care about your great grandchildren and their children and the legacy we're going to leave them,
I care about my future kids life. but then again if you are of an older generation why didn't you care for the planet instead of causing global warming.
[quote][p][bold]dhd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born and raised criminal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.[/p][/quote]That is a rather ignorant comment, where do you think the oxygen you breath comes from. Do you not care about your great grandchildren and their children and the legacy we're going to leave them,[/p][/quote]I care about my future kids life. but then again if you are of an older generation why didn't you care for the planet instead of causing global warming. Kursaal76
  • Score: -15

1:53pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Kursaal76 says...

born and raised criminal wrote:
Kursaal76 wrote:
makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.
Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.
yep always the older people with nothing better to do with there lives.
[quote][p][bold]born and raised criminal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.[/p][/quote]yep always the older people with nothing better to do with there lives. Kursaal76
  • Score: -8

1:59pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Nelly99 says...

bellabear1 wrote:
The person in question is claiming adverse possession which is basically squatters rights they do not own the land if this was happening in front of your home you would do everything to stop it to and all the problems this will bring to homes and wildlife so jog on with your pointless remarks no one cares about what you think
What and we care what you think? Everyone has a right to an opinion, it just isn't the same as yours.
[quote][p][bold]bellabear1[/bold] wrote: The person in question is claiming adverse possession which is basically squatters rights they do not own the land if this was happening in front of your home you would do everything to stop it to and all the problems this will bring to homes and wildlife so jog on with your pointless remarks no one cares about what you think[/p][/quote]What and we care what you think? Everyone has a right to an opinion, it just isn't the same as yours. Nelly99
  • Score: -6

3:39pm Mon 2 Jun 14

bellabear1 says...

Nelly99 wrote:
bellabear1 wrote:
The person in question is claiming adverse possession which is basically squatters rights they do not own the land if this was happening in front of your home you would do everything to stop it to and all the problems this will bring to homes and wildlife so jog on with your pointless remarks no one cares about what you think
What and we care what you think? Everyone has a right to an opinion, it just isn't the same as yours.
Maybe you should know all the facts before giving your opinion!
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bellabear1[/bold] wrote: The person in question is claiming adverse possession which is basically squatters rights they do not own the land if this was happening in front of your home you would do everything to stop it to and all the problems this will bring to homes and wildlife so jog on with your pointless remarks no one cares about what you think[/p][/quote]What and we care what you think? Everyone has a right to an opinion, it just isn't the same as yours.[/p][/quote]Maybe you should know all the facts before giving your opinion! bellabear1
  • Score: 4

3:49pm Mon 2 Jun 14

bellabear1 says...

pembury53 wrote:
this story should run and run, right up until that new housing estate gets built on there..... should be a right laugh
Sicko
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: this story should run and run, right up until that new housing estate gets built on there..... should be a right laugh[/p][/quote]Sicko bellabear1
  • Score: 1

4:35pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Nelly99 says...

bellabear1 wrote:
pembury53 wrote: this story should run and run, right up until that new housing estate gets built on there..... should be a right laugh
Sicko
Which one is you in the photo then BooBoo? I assume you have a vested interest else why the venom? I was commenting on the story and the facts are there aren't they? Council doesn't know who owns the land, only certain trees are preserved though they don't know which ones and a private owner has rights on the land. Why would anyone start a project unless they knew they wern't wasting their time?
[quote][p][bold]bellabear1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: this story should run and run, right up until that new housing estate gets built on there..... should be a right laugh[/p][/quote]Sicko[/p][/quote]Which one is you in the photo then BooBoo? I assume you have a vested interest else why the venom? I was commenting on the story and the facts are there aren't they? Council doesn't know who owns the land, only certain trees are preserved though they don't know which ones and a private owner has rights on the land. Why would anyone start a project unless they knew they wern't wasting their time? Nelly99
  • Score: -1

7:13pm Mon 2 Jun 14

bellabear1 says...

Nelly99 wrote:
bellabear1 wrote:
pembury53 wrote: this story should run and run, right up until that new housing estate gets built on there..... should be a right laugh
Sicko
Which one is you in the photo then BooBoo? I assume you have a vested interest else why the venom? I was commenting on the story and the facts are there aren't they? Council doesn't know who owns the land, only certain trees are preserved though they don't know which ones and a private owner has rights on the land. Why would anyone start a project unless they knew they wern't wasting their time?
Because their cheats and liars and greed
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bellabear1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: this story should run and run, right up until that new housing estate gets built on there..... should be a right laugh[/p][/quote]Sicko[/p][/quote]Which one is you in the photo then BooBoo? I assume you have a vested interest else why the venom? I was commenting on the story and the facts are there aren't they? Council doesn't know who owns the land, only certain trees are preserved though they don't know which ones and a private owner has rights on the land. Why would anyone start a project unless they knew they wern't wasting their time?[/p][/quote]Because their cheats and liars and greed bellabear1
  • Score: 1

6:50am Tue 3 Jun 14

white_van_ man says...

Hope it's a bail hostel that will shut them right up coaning munts
Hope it's a bail hostel that will shut them right up coaning munts white_van_ man
  • Score: 0

7:51am Tue 3 Jun 14

Abington86 says...

So did he call the police after he saw the builders fencing off a piece of the land or after he was horrifed that they were taking out foliage that may or may not have been protected?

The land is under threat from a person claiming to be the owner and yet no one knows who he is?

As is often the case the Echo has not reported all the facts and as it stands this is a bit of a non story.
So did he call the police after he saw the builders fencing off a piece of the land or after he was horrifed that they were taking out foliage that may or may not have been protected? The land is under threat from a person claiming to be the owner and yet no one knows who he is? As is often the case the Echo has not reported all the facts and as it stands this is a bit of a non story. Abington86
  • Score: 8

8:00am Tue 3 Jun 14

John Right says...

They were clearing some brambles, ready for the fenced storage area, all those building material have to go somewhere.
They were clearing some brambles, ready for the fenced storage area, all those building material have to go somewhere. John Right
  • Score: 5

8:59am Tue 3 Jun 14

Motherlode says...

dhd wrote:
born and raised criminal wrote:
Kursaal76 wrote:
makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.
Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.
That is a rather ignorant comment, where do you think the oxygen you breath comes from. Do you not care about your great grandchildren and their children and the legacy we're going to leave them,
Over 50% of the oxygen on Earth is generated by phytoplankton. Always best to know your subject before calling people ignorant.
[quote][p][bold]dhd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born and raised criminal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.[/p][/quote]That is a rather ignorant comment, where do you think the oxygen you breath comes from. Do you not care about your great grandchildren and their children and the legacy we're going to leave them,[/p][/quote]Over 50% of the oxygen on Earth is generated by phytoplankton. Always best to know your subject before calling people ignorant. Motherlode
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Tue 3 Jun 14

ROBOTS' REBELLION says...

Remember that the Southend area has the 8th densest population in England for a town or city (outside of Greater London). Only a brick and concrete worshipper would want to see more.
Remember that the Southend area has the 8th densest population in England for a town or city (outside of Greater London). Only a brick and concrete worshipper would want to see more. ROBOTS' REBELLION
  • Score: 7

4:10pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Letmetryagain says...

This reminds me of the time (about 40yrs ago) when a Rochford builder, and a local estate agent were trying to grab land in Fambridge Road.
Fencing bits of land off where they couldn't find an owner. In the hope that they could claim it a few years down the line, by squatters rights.
This reminds me of the time (about 40yrs ago) when a Rochford builder, and a local estate agent were trying to grab land in Fambridge Road. Fencing bits of land off where they couldn't find an owner. In the hope that they could claim it a few years down the line, by squatters rights. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 6

12:09pm Thu 5 Jun 14

dhd says...

Motherlode wrote:
dhd wrote:
born and raised criminal wrote:
Kursaal76 wrote:
makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.
Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.
That is a rather ignorant comment, where do you think the oxygen you breath comes from. Do you not care about your great grandchildren and their children and the legacy we're going to leave them,
Over 50% of the oxygen on Earth is generated by phytoplankton. Always best to know your subject before calling people ignorant.
Oh I must have missed school the day we were taught trees don't produce oxygen.
[quote][p][bold]Motherlode[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dhd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born and raised criminal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kursaal76[/bold] wrote: makes me laugh I bet there houses was once a woods or green fields. now someone else wants to do the same its not allowed. if he cares so much about wildlife why not knock his house down and make a little bit of green belt.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Just old people with nothing better to do other then kick up a fuss over nothing.[/p][/quote]That is a rather ignorant comment, where do you think the oxygen you breath comes from. Do you not care about your great grandchildren and their children and the legacy we're going to leave them,[/p][/quote]Over 50% of the oxygen on Earth is generated by phytoplankton. Always best to know your subject before calling people ignorant.[/p][/quote]Oh I must have missed school the day we were taught trees don't produce oxygen. dhd
  • Score: -1

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