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Bishop's Stortford Town Council slams new attack on green spaces at Thorley Park



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Plans for a new garage at Thorley Park should be parked, according to Bishop's Stortford Town Council.

On Monday, its planning and development committee objected to a scheme from Simon Farrugia for land next to a householders' bays at Ashdale.

Town council leader Cllr John Wyllie said: "Thorley seems to be under attack from people coming up with outrageous ideas. It's totally out of keeping."

Land between 29 Irving Close and 66 Ashdale, Thorley Park, Bishops Stortford. Looking away from Sainsburys. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (20904418)
Land between 29 Irving Close and 66 Ashdale, Thorley Park, Bishops Stortford. Looking away from Sainsburys. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (20904418)

Mr Faruggia, from Gillingham in Kent, was also behind a scheme for a takeaway on a tiny triangle of land between Ashdale and Irving Close, to the south side of Sainsbury's.

He withdrew the plan after a storm of protest from residents, who feared smelly, fried food would be for sale, although the developer claimed on Facebook that he had envisioned a Costa coffee kiosk.

His bid to build a detached garage and add to the hot food outlets at the neighbourhood centre, which already include Fish'n'Chick'n, Flames Grill and Jades, is the latest in a series of controversial applications for Thorley Park's green spaces.

Land between Winchester Close and Ashdale, Bishops Stortford. Application to build on the land has been placed. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (20904449)
Land between Winchester Close and Ashdale, Bishops Stortford. Application to build on the land has been placed. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (20904449)

Cllr Wyllie said: "When Thorley Park was designed, it was to be aesthetically pleasing with lots of green spaces so people did not feel they were living in a concrete jungle.

"We are under attack with some of the silliest plans I have ever seen."

Plans to build a house on land at Winchester Close that has been used as a play area and footpath for more than 30 years are now the subject of an appeal after they and a Mathams Drive resident's attempt to enlarge his garden by fencing off part of the greensward fronting Greenhill Park were refused by East Herts Council.

The proposals are believed to be linked to the collapse of multinational facilities management and construction services company Carillion in January 2018 and the liquidation of its assets, including small parcels of land.

Greenhill Park, Bishops Stortford. Area of Greenhill Park that resident of 12 Mathams Drive has applied to fence off. Note several trees and a comms box in the area. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (20904510)
Greenhill Park, Bishops Stortford. Area of Greenhill Park that resident of 12 Mathams Drive has applied to fence off. Note several trees and a comms box in the area. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (20904510)

The town council is currently pondering the best strategy for safeguarding such sites which should have been adopted by East Herts Council in the 1970s when Thorley Park was built.



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