There’s agitation among Addington villagers, after a local landowner erected gates to block public access to a large field and has started to build an access road through Green Belt land, all apparently without any planning permission or agreement with the council.
The works have been going on for the past three weeks at the junction of Huntingfield, Falconwood and Lodge Lane, not far from one of the Addington Court golf courses. The new roadway leads to a field at the bottom of Gravel Hill.
Land has been cleared, vegetation stripped bare, trees felled, hardcore bedded down, possibly to be tarmacked over, and residents allege that a council-owned verge has been destroyed.
Planning Officers attended the site yesterday to warn the contractors that work must cease.
Land Registry records show the land to be registered to Marion Georgina Barrs at an address in Ewell.
A Zoom meeting organised by the Addington Residents’ Association drew around 50 locals last night and was also attended by ward councillors Robert Ward and Helen Pollard and by MP Sarah Jones, with a further meeting of officials expected to be held on the site today.
According to one of those at last night’s remote meeting, “It is thought by the residents that the road is being constructed to facilitate access for the travelling community to the fields.”
Residents living in properties neighbouring the new roadway have expressed concerns about localised flooding, as there has been no drainage provided and the roadway has been laid above the damp proof course of existing homes.
According to another resident, “Our local councillors and MP Sarah Jones all agree there has been no planning application, and enforcement officers have visited, but Croydon Council have to date done nothing to reassure the residents that our local environment is not being catastrophically changed for the worse.
“One of the closest houses at the junction of Huntingfield and Falconwood Road will be flooded if we get significant rain, as the construction has no planned drainage.
“This has to be halted, immediately and permanently, to prevent further damage to our precious local habitats.”
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