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Lea Valley Growers Association

37-39 Turners Hill

Cheshunt,

Hertfordshire, EN8 8NP

Secretary - Lee Stiles

Twitter: @Leavalleygrower

Email: Lee.stiles@LVGA.co.uk

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Response to Lee Valley Park proposals

In 2015 The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority published proposals to use its Statutory Compulsory Purchase Powers to force the sale of thriving Rural businesses in the Lea Valley.

 

The Association objected and the proposals were shelved until recently.

 

The Association has responded to the revised proposals as follows:-

 

Park Development Framework
Draft Amended Proposals for the Regional Park from the River Lee Country Park
To the Lee Navigation in Ware, Areas 6, 7 and 8

 

The Lea Valley Growers Association repeat the concerns raised within their previous response of February 2015.

The Association question whether the annual sum of £11m given by the Taxpayer to the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority represents value for money. A large sum of which is paid to a Trust.

 

The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s previous draft proposals were withdrawn in 2015 following complaints & pressure from the Lea Valley Growers Association and others as the Park Authority had not consulted and they contained proposals for the use of their compulsory purchase powers to destroy thriving Lea Valley Food Growing Businesses.

 

Further concerns were discovered during the complaints process when it emerged that the Park Authority were unaccountable to Government for their conduct other than for financial purposes, and did not have external oversight of their non-financial actions.

 

This behavioural culture and unaccountability demonstrated by the Park Authority may indicate why the taxpayer funded Authority chose to pursue a Judicial Review against another taxpayer funded Local Authority resulting in a six figure Taxpayer bill.

 

The Park Authority refused to publish the responses to the previous draft proposals following a Freedom of Information request from the Association citing Local Authority rules that they could publish at a later date. The authority have only published a summary of responses to date.

 

The Authority has refused to accept recommended scrutiny from the Local Government Ombudsman and instead decided to handle all final decisions regarding complaints against them themselves.

 

Therefore the Association consider a formal detailed response to the Park Authority futile until such time as the Government install external oversight of the Authority and hold them to account for their actions in order to avoid a repeat of such irresponsible behaviour that has caused severe distress to Lea Valley Businesses.

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