Readers may be interested to learn that the Council has recently agreed to appoint The Landscape Group (TLG) as their Preferred Bidder for ‘Lot 2’ services. This covers parks, cemeteries and grounds maintenance.
As part of the tender invitation, bidders were offered a number of sites within each borough to lease, and TLG have confirmed that they wish to lease the depots in several areas in Sutton.
These sites are classed as open space and the Council says it is required by statute to publically advertise its intention to ‘dispose’ of the properties via leases with the use of a Statutory Notice. We are nicely reminded that this does not mean that the Council is selling the sites – it is purely the legal wording required. We can expect to see these Notices appear in the local press this week and next week.
This will impact upon the users of Cheam Park and the Recreation area and will also affect residents who reside in the area including Tudor Close, who are already going to see increased traffic in the area as a result of another commercial development in the form of the Nursery. The more cynical amongst us may ask why this piece of important news was left until August to be made public. Whilst the Council might argue that their Preferred BIdder is simply taking over Council services, one cannot be help notice that this bidder also provides similar services to other authorities in the area. It must be hoped that this depot, should the proposal go ahead does not become a magnet for vehicles and equipment being used outside of the Borough.
Residents may make a representation about any of the leases, within a limited timescale, and the Council will give such representations due consideration. It is hoping to have this process completed by the end of September. Let the Council know your views by contacting the Environment, Housing & Regeneration Directorate, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton SM5 2JG.
We’d welcome your views and comments below.