Merton Council rip up £15k pathway

Wimbledon Guardian: Merton Council rip up £15k pathway Merton Council rip up £15k pathway

A concrete pathway, built and paid for by a rugby club for the community, was ripped up by the council because it was not informed”.

Wimbledon Rugby Club, which leases Beverley Meads recreation Ground from Merton Council, put down a long set of paving slabs for people to walk around the edge of the path in January.

But in June the council sent workmen in to dig up the slabs, angering users of the rugby club and swimming classes at a nearby private residence.

Katie Wroe, who runs the Water Nippers swimming instructors, said she felt very disappointed after contributing to the total cost of the path, believed to be about £15,000.

Ms Wroe said: “It’s completely and utterly ridiculous. Everyone was happy with the path because we didn’t have to walk through a muddy field.

“Now I’m not able to operate my classes until this issue is sorted out.

“I have emailed Merton Council to point out that swimming is a life skill, and is very beneficial to the community, but, at the time of writing, have yet to receive a reply.”

A council spokeswoman said: "The council was not informed of the intended works, which is why the paving slabs were removed.

“There are no legal proceedings underway, and the council is in discussions with Wimbledon Rugby club about this situation.”

When contacted, Wimbledon Rugby Club confirmed the path was removed because of “an issue with our leasehold agreement with the council”, but declined to make any further comment.

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3:13pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Tobermory says...

Its rather foolish spending £15,000 on a building project without asking the person who owns the land first. I lease my house but wouldn't build a drive without checking with the freeholder first, this is clearly the Rugny clubs mistake, not the Councils.
Its rather foolish spending £15,000 on a building project without asking the person who owns the land first. I lease my house but wouldn't build a drive without checking with the freeholder first, this is clearly the Rugny clubs mistake, not the Councils. Tobermory

7:04pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Simbali says...

What a crazy situation. Maybe the rugby club were technically in the wrong but they were trying to be helpful to other users. Surely the Council could have dealt with this in a more cost effective and grown up way ... maybe an agreement to remove the path when the Lease terminated and a stern warning not to do it again? If it was a major structure then yes knock it down but a few paving slabs? Madness!
What a crazy situation. Maybe the rugby club were technically in the wrong but they were trying to be helpful to other users. Surely the Council could have dealt with this in a more cost effective and grown up way ... maybe an agreement to remove the path when the Lease terminated and a stern warning not to do it again? If it was a major structure then yes knock it down but a few paving slabs? Madness! Simbali

9:09am Sat 8 Sep 12

Tobermory says...

Simbali wrote:
What a crazy situation. Maybe the rugby club were technically in the wrong but they were trying to be helpful to other users. Surely the Council could have dealt with this in a more cost effective and grown up way ... maybe an agreement to remove the path when the Lease terminated and a stern warning not to do it again? If it was a major structure then yes knock it down but a few paving slabs? Madness!
Planning issues involved are slightly more complex than just 'a few paving slabs'. The path was also being used to give access to a private pool across the Council owned recreation ground something the park was not intended for.
[quote][p][bold]Simbali[/bold] wrote: What a crazy situation. Maybe the rugby club were technically in the wrong but they were trying to be helpful to other users. Surely the Council could have dealt with this in a more cost effective and grown up way ... maybe an agreement to remove the path when the Lease terminated and a stern warning not to do it again? If it was a major structure then yes knock it down but a few paving slabs? Madness![/p][/quote]Planning issues involved are slightly more complex than just 'a few paving slabs'. The path was also being used to give access to a private pool across the Council owned recreation ground something the park was not intended for. Tobermory

10:59pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Simbali says...

Are the users of the private pool not entitled to walk across the park? Surely a park is for the use of the whole community? Many parks provide routes through to other venues or access to other parts of a community avoiding roads. With respect I doubt that this was done due to planning issues, much more likely to be some bitter spiteful resident who has a grudge against the rugby club and has complained to the Council. Whatever the reason it is still an absolute farce and total waste of money to destroy something that was benefitting the community, no matter who they are.
Are the users of the private pool not entitled to walk across the park? Surely a park is for the use of the whole community? Many parks provide routes through to other venues or access to other parts of a community avoiding roads. With respect I doubt that this was done due to planning issues, much more likely to be some bitter spiteful resident who has a grudge against the rugby club and has complained to the Council. Whatever the reason it is still an absolute farce and total waste of money to destroy something that was benefitting the community, no matter who they are. Simbali

6:48am Sun 9 Sep 12

tjames says...

jobsworths
jobsworths tjames

6:29pm Sun 9 Sep 12

Tobermory says...

Simbali wrote:
Are the users of the private pool not entitled to walk across the park? Surely a park is for the use of the whole community? Many parks provide routes through to other venues or access to other parts of a community avoiding roads. With respect I doubt that this was done due to planning issues, much more likely to be some bitter spiteful resident who has a grudge against the rugby club and has complained to the Council. Whatever the reason it is still an absolute farce and total waste of money to destroy something that was benefitting the community, no matter who they are.
Walking across a park and building a footpath are two different matters or are you suggesting anyone with enough money can just go around sticking paths across public parks to avoid getting their feet muddy? What next building a car park to benefit those that drive to swimming lessons?
I do however agree it is a waste of Council money the Rugby club should be invoiced for the work.
[quote][p][bold]Simbali[/bold] wrote: Are the users of the private pool not entitled to walk across the park? Surely a park is for the use of the whole community? Many parks provide routes through to other venues or access to other parts of a community avoiding roads. With respect I doubt that this was done due to planning issues, much more likely to be some bitter spiteful resident who has a grudge against the rugby club and has complained to the Council. Whatever the reason it is still an absolute farce and total waste of money to destroy something that was benefitting the community, no matter who they are.[/p][/quote]Walking across a park and building a footpath are two different matters or are you suggesting anyone with enough money can just go around sticking paths across public parks to avoid getting their feet muddy? What next building a car park to benefit those that drive to swimming lessons? I do however agree it is a waste of Council money the Rugby club should be invoiced for the work. Tobermory

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