Le­gal ac­tion vow to pro­tect open land

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Up­date - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

A CITY land­lord has vowed to take le­gal ac­tion af­ter its shocked ten­ants saw tres­passers fenc­ing off its land and chop­ping down the trees on it.

Res­i­dents in Eastleigh Road, Peter­bor­ough, were left out­raged af­ter see­ing a group of men, armed with a me­chan­i­cal dig­ger and hack­saws, ac­cess a strip of land be­long­ing to Cross Keys Homes be­tween Eastleigh Road and Pad­holme Road.

They claim the group went onto the land, which is a green, open space for Cross Keys ten­ants to en­joy, last Fri­day and started to chop down a num­ber of trees.

Hilda Hamil­ton (72), of Eastleigh Road, Peter­bor­ough, said she be­lieved it was an at­tempt at a “land-grab” to knock the trees down and build prop­erty there, with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion from Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil or con­sent from the land’s owner.

When res­i­dents in the street re­alised what was hap­pen­ing they be­gan to keep guard on the en­trance to the land and com­plained to the coun­cil and Cross Keys Homes.

Mrs Hamil­ton said: “What has hap­pened is out­ra­geous and it breaks my heart.

“They came down with their hack­saws and started chop­ping away - there were baby birds fall­ing out of the trees.

“It’s aw­ful. Th­ese peo­ple don’t seem to un­der­stand the laws of the land.

“I asked them to stop but they took no no­tice of me. That’s when

ROW­LAND HOB­SON. I de­cided to get Cross Keys in­volved.

“Since then they haven’t been back but I’ve been stand­ing watch with a num­ber of other neigh­bours to make sure they don’t come back.

“I don’t know where th­ese peo­ple are from. For some rea­son they’ve got it into their heads that this area of land doesn’t be­long to any­one.

“I can only guess that they want to build prop­erty on the site but hope­fully that will never hap­pen.”

The land was in the head­lines last month af­ter an ap­pli­ca­tion by Cross Keys Homes to build houses there was re­jected by the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee. Res­i­dents from the Pad­holme Road area had protested against the move.

A Cross Key Homes spokes­woman said: “We are aware of in­ci­dents hap­pen­ing at the site in re­cent days. We would like to stress the land be­longs to us and we will be look­ing to take le­gal ac­tion against any­one who is found to have tres­passed on the site.”


out­rage: Hilda Hamil­ton at the strip of land be­tween Pad­holme Road and Eastleigh Road.


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