Coun­cil re­jects site ac­cess claims

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

PEP­PER­MINT Grove Coun­cil has re­jected a claim that work­ers hired to im­prove se­cu­rity at Pankaj and Rad­hika Oswal’s van­dalised $70 mil­lion river­side man­sion had been un­able to ac­cess the prop­erty.

“Not once have I been con­tact- ed by the Oswals, their rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in any shape or form to get the keys,” chief ex­ec­u­tive John Mer­rick said.

Mr Mer­rick said po­lice, coun­cil staff and build­ing sur­vey­ors had keys to the prop­erty, but the only sug­ges­tion of con­trac­tors po­ten­tially ac­cess­ing the site had been in a more wide-rang­ing let­ter from the Oswals’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives “sev­eral weeks ago”.

The Oswals’ Syd­ney lawyer Re­bekah Giles said her clients have been un­able to ac­cess the site be­cause of locks placed on the gate, “ur­gent” queries to the coun­cil were unan­swered and her clients had been un­able to ad­dress site se­cu­rity con­cerns.

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