Thursday, September 28, 2023

Tory anger over Stanford car park sale

THE sale of a Car Park in Stanford-le-Hope has been approved by the Labour Cabinet, despite objections from a local councillor.

The sale of King Street car park for £350,000 was agreed on Wednesday.

The new owner has planning permission for 22 flats and a supermarket.

Tory concerns focussed around the “low price”, the proposed development and a perceived lack of local consultation.

Local councillor Shane Hebb, who challenged the proposals, said “I am extremely disappointed Labour have chosen to ignore the views of local residents and sell off one of the best regeneration sites in Stanford. To sell it for the cost of a four bed house when the developer plans 22 flats is laughable.

“Stanford doesn’t need another small supermarket and flats. Labour are trying to claim this as a great thing for locals because the parking spaces will be retained, but there are no extra spaces for the residents of the new flats or their tenants. The development will make parking even more difficult and this is a serious concern.

“But it’s the decision to ignore local people that is most callous. Businesses and residents are currently drawing up a neighbourhood plan for the future of Stanford. To sell off the best regeneration site now, before they’ve even had a chance to put their opinion forward, is just wrong.

“Bad plan, bad price, bad timing. Labour’s decision is just plain bad for Stanford.”


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