Landowner’s U-turn over car ac­cess

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A hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion has had a change of heart over seal­ing off a piece of land that would have cut off peo­ple from their garages and park­ing spa­ces.

Gold­ing Homes owns waste ground be­hind about 80 homes in South Park Road and Plains Av­enue, Maid­stone, but be­came ex­as­per­ated with the land be­ing used as a dump­ing ground.

Their neigh­bour­hood ad­vi­sor, Stacey Ste­wart, wrote to res­i­dents: “I have re­viewed the Land Registry doc­u­ments for the pri­vate own­ers sur­round­ing this land and there is no ac­cess to this patch of land stip­u­lated.

“It is there­fore my in­ten­tion to close off the ac­cess in­def­i­nitely.”

The move in­censed res­i­dents who have garages or park­ing spa­ces in their rear gar­dens.

Dave Lavelle, of South Park Road, pic­tured top, said: “I’ve lived here for 17 years and I al­ways park in my rear gar­den.”

Gold­ing Homes has now said it will in­stall a gate with a com­bi­na­tion lock.

A spokesman said: “We will fence off this area but pro­vide ac­cess to res­i­dents whose gar­dens back on to this land.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4703060/ FM4703087

Pupils with their fam­i­lies; be­low, MP He­len Whate­ley with Cllr Paulina Stock­well, Cllr Gary Cooke, head teacher Libby Fi­dock and pupils Faith and Ge­orge

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