Friday 20 April 2007

Croydon Council's Statement of Case

I received a copy of Croydon Council's Statement of Case yesterday, which summarises the council's case for their compulsory purchase order (CPO) of the land adjacent to East Croydon Station.

They will be putting forward their case, as outlined in this document, at the forthcoming public inquiry into the CPO.

The document highlights one rather significant matter. There were 14 statutory objectors and 13 non-statutory objectors.

Aside from the fact that there are 14 statutory objectors, the fact that 13 non-statutory objectors took the time to formally object is of significance:
  • Many people that I have spoken to do not know anything about the proposed schemes.

  • Most people have no idea about the process of raising an objection.

  • Most people simply would not bother, or have the time, to raise a formal objection.

  • At least one of the non-statutory objections is on behalf of a group of people, not an individual.
Croydon Council are going to have quite a task on their hands, if they think that they can bulldoze their CPO through.

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