Why weren't we told our gardens are up for sale?

Echo: Angry - Mark Durant, Angela Hart, Mike Bering, Jean and Bill Graham are worried parts of their gardens are being sold. Angry - Mark Durant, Angela Hart, Mike Bering, Jean and Bill Graham are worried parts of their gardens are being sold.

SHOCKED families from four different homes have been left stunned after learning their front gardens are to be auctioned off.

Furious neighbours in Marine Parade, Zider Pass and Beck Road, were shocked when a brochure was dropped through one of their letterboxes showcasing their front lawns as being up for grabs in a London auction.

The families have been renting and tending the strips of land for up to 25 years from Essex County Council, and received no notification from the authority of the impending sale.

Mike Bering, 61, of Marine Parade, said: “Anyone could buy the land. Someone could’ve just turned up, pitched up a caravan in our front garden and I would be looking down at them from my balcony, powerless to stop them.

“They could cut down all my trees, rip up the path and what could I do about it? It’s just such bad practice from the council. The very least they could’ve done is spoken to us individually and given us the chance to buy what we feel is essentially our land.”

The residents have been fighting for years to try and purchase their gardens, but have been refused permission by the county council.

Despite being located on three separate roads, the gardens are being sold as a single lot, meaning if one of the families decided to foot the £2,000 bill, they would also own their neighbours land.

Bill Graham, 66, of Beck Road, said: “I am absolutely disgusted this can be allowed to go ahead. How would I feel if I did buy it, going up to Mike and saying I’ve just bought your land.

“One thing’s for certain I will be wanting reimbursement for all the years and all the money I’ve spent making my garden look beautiful.”

To make matters worse, for Mark Durant, 41, the front garden is the only way to access his property in Marine Parade.

Mr Durant said: “I would technically be trespassing across someone else’s land to get to my front door. What if the owner refused to let me access my own home? What would I do?”

The auction, which is being held by Lambert Smith Hampton, will take place at the Millennium Hotel, in Grosvenor Square, London on February 25.

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “While we appreciate the residents’ situation, the land concerned is Essex County Council land, and this would have been made clear when the houses were bought.

"Essex County Council, through our agents, visited all of the auction sites and where possible made contact with all those with an interest in the land. We have had no approaches, prior to the auction, from anyone interested in buying the land.

"However the auctioneers have discussed how to bid for this land with the homeowners, as this offers a quick and cheaper opportunity for them to buy this land.”

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8:31am Mon 18 Feb 13

GrumpyofLeigh says...

As with last week's "ransom Strip" tale, this would have been a lot more comprehensible had the Echo added a simple diagram.
As with last week's "ransom Strip" tale, this would have been a lot more comprehensible had the Echo added a simple diagram. GrumpyofLeigh

8:47am Mon 18 Feb 13

GentleGiant says...

Might go and bid - might make a nice building plot :)
Might go and bid - might make a nice building plot :) GentleGiant

9:02am Mon 18 Feb 13

GentleGiant says...

Would actually make a building plot. Maybe not now, but in the future.

Rather foolish getting publicity, as it will now push the price far higher.
Would actually make a building plot. Maybe not now, but in the future. Rather foolish getting publicity, as it will now push the price far higher. GentleGiant

10:35am Mon 18 Feb 13

maxell says...

the land maybe up for sale but not sure that a developer would get involved with all the aggro, when they would not stand to make much out of it , this in my opinion is and unerhand way of force selling the land , and because of this they could name there price , the land is only worth what its worth, so its never going to meet infinite prices
the land maybe up for sale but not sure that a developer would get involved with all the aggro, when they would not stand to make much out of it , this in my opinion is and unerhand way of force selling the land , and because of this they could name there price , the land is only worth what its worth, so its never going to meet infinite prices maxell

11:14am Mon 18 Feb 13

Nebs says...

Just looked on google street view, are all the other plots of land at the end of roads off Marine Parade the same?

Unless it's been relaid since the google camera visited, whoever is responsible for the upkeep of Marine Parade is failing in their duty.
Just looked on google street view, are all the other plots of land at the end of roads off Marine Parade the same? Unless it's been relaid since the google camera visited, whoever is responsible for the upkeep of Marine Parade is failing in their duty. Nebs

11:45am Mon 18 Feb 13

mys842 says...

I was confused for a minute - thinking this was Marine Parade in Leigh but couldn't work out why ECC were involved. Maybe Echo should have stated it was in Canvey?!
I was confused for a minute - thinking this was Marine Parade in Leigh but couldn't work out why ECC were involved. Maybe Echo should have stated it was in Canvey?! mys842

12:20pm Mon 18 Feb 13

5759 says...

mys842... Is Leigh in Castle Point? Maybe you should read before posting!!!
mys842... Is Leigh in Castle Point? Maybe you should read before posting!!! 5759

1:26pm Mon 18 Feb 13

psorias says...

5759 wrote:
mys842... Is Leigh in Castle Point? Maybe you should read before posting!!!
I also cannot see Castle Point mentioned just Essex County Council - Not sure if I am reading it wrong as well. I had also thought the story was about Marine Parade Leigh.
Perhaps you saw a different write up or perhaps you just felt like being rude to 5759 for no reason
[quote][p][bold]5759[/bold] wrote: mys842... Is Leigh in Castle Point? Maybe you should read before posting!!![/p][/quote]I also cannot see Castle Point mentioned just Essex County Council - Not sure if I am reading it wrong as well. I had also thought the story was about Marine Parade Leigh. Perhaps you saw a different write up or perhaps you just felt like being rude to 5759 for no reason psorias

1:30pm Mon 18 Feb 13

psorias says...

Sorry I meant rude to Mys842
Sorry I meant rude to Mys842 psorias

1:59pm Mon 18 Feb 13

2shedsjackson says...

"...One thing’s for certain I will be wanting reimbursement for all the years and all the money I’ve spent making my garden look beautiful.” ..
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I sugest you read up on the Laws of freehold. Anything you plant in or fix onto leased or rented ground automatically becomes the property of the owner. Sorry but you are not entitled to a penny.
"...One thing’s for certain I will be wanting reimbursement for all the years and all the money I’ve spent making my garden look beautiful.” .. . I sugest you read up on the Laws of freehold. Anything you plant in or fix onto leased or rented ground automatically becomes the property of the owner. Sorry but you are not entitled to a penny. 2shedsjackson

3:20pm Mon 18 Feb 13

5759 says...

Is there a Zider pass in Leigh 2sheds?
Or a Beck Road??
Apologies to all if I came across as rude.
Was not intentional. Peace out man.
Is there a Zider pass in Leigh 2sheds? Or a Beck Road?? Apologies to all if I came across as rude. Was not intentional. Peace out man. 5759

5:07pm Mon 18 Feb 13

stopmoaning1 says...

mys842 wrote:
I was confused for a minute - thinking this was Marine Parade in Leigh but couldn't work out why ECC were involved. Maybe Echo should have stated it was in Canvey?!
Seriously??
[quote][p][bold]mys842[/bold] wrote: I was confused for a minute - thinking this was Marine Parade in Leigh but couldn't work out why ECC were involved. Maybe Echo should have stated it was in Canvey?![/p][/quote]Seriously?? stopmoaning1

5:10pm Mon 18 Feb 13

stopmoaning1 says...

mys842 wrote:
I was confused for a minute - thinking this was Marine Parade in Leigh but couldn't work out why ECC were involved. Maybe Echo should have stated it was in Canvey?!
Seriously??
[quote][p][bold]mys842[/bold] wrote: I was confused for a minute - thinking this was Marine Parade in Leigh but couldn't work out why ECC were involved. Maybe Echo should have stated it was in Canvey?![/p][/quote]Seriously?? stopmoaning1

7:01pm Mon 18 Feb 13

mys842 says...

5759 wrote:
mys842... Is Leigh in Castle Point? Maybe you should read before posting!!!
Wow, highly strung or what! It doesn't say it's Castle Point news anywhere and surprisingly I don't study the road names of Canvey Island or Leigh in my spare time. Clearly there are those that do though.
[quote][p][bold]5759[/bold] wrote: mys842... Is Leigh in Castle Point? Maybe you should read before posting!!![/p][/quote]Wow, highly strung or what! It doesn't say it's Castle Point news anywhere and surprisingly I don't study the road names of Canvey Island or Leigh in my spare time. Clearly there are those that do though. mys842

7:32pm Mon 18 Feb 13

pez1972 says...

A quick google search will tell you where the roads are, didnt take me more than 5 seconds.
A quick google search will tell you where the roads are, didnt take me more than 5 seconds. pez1972

8:58pm Mon 18 Feb 13

stopmoaning1 says...

pez1972 wrote:
A quick google search will tell you where the roads are, didnt take me more than 5 seconds.
But does it really matter
[quote][p][bold]pez1972[/bold] wrote: A quick google search will tell you where the roads are, didnt take me more than 5 seconds.[/p][/quote]But does it really matter stopmoaning1

10:44pm Mon 18 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

why don't they club together and bid for the gardens..£2000 was quoted in the story, £500 each, problem solved.
why don't they club together and bid for the gardens..£2000 was quoted in the story, £500 each, problem solved. DogsMessInLeigh

5:24pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

Remember the Golden rule, TENANTS are not Owners, you kept it looking nice, because you enjoyed the result, now times are biting, every piece of spare land will be offered to buyers....
Remember the Golden rule, TENANTS are not Owners, you kept it looking nice, because you enjoyed the result, now times are biting, every piece of spare land will be offered to buyers.... Carnabackable

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