Saturday, 21 October 2017

Council to consider ideas for copse plot

A PLOT of land donated to Sonning Common could be developed into social housing or a car park.

A PLOT of land donated to Sonning Common could be developed into social housing or a car park.

The land at Brind’s Copse, off Wood Lane, is not used and neighbouring residents have complained about a 40ft holly and a large beech tree leaning towards their houses.

They say the trees overhang their garages and youngsters use them to build dens. There have also been reports of children getting on to the garage roofs with bicycles and causing damage.

In July, the parish council agreed to tidy the area by reducing the height of the beech tree and replacing about 30m of rusted chain link fencing at a cost of about £1,000.

At the time it was also suggested that the trees, scrub and other vegetation were removed at a cost of £2,000. Councillors decided to delay a decision on this until they had made a site visit.

Parish clerk Philip Collings said a developer who owns a neighbouring site had indicated an interest in building homes on the land.

Councillor John Stoves said the council should look at the possibility of developing the site for social housing.

“There’s precious little else we can do with it,” he said. “What’s the point in spending £3,000 on it now then in six months they build on the other end?”

Councillor Jane Diwell suggested turning the land into a car park. Councillors agreed to consider the options.

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