Saturday, 19 August 2017

Residents protest at scout hut parking

PLANS to convert the garden in front of the Benson scout hut into a parking area have been criticised by

PLANS to convert the garden in front of the Benson scout hut into a parking area have been criticised by neighbouring residents.

The parish council has submitted a planning application to create three or four parking spaces.

It says the land in Littleworth Road is used for ad-hoc parking when the scouts meet on Monday and Thursday evenings and turning it into hardstanding would “regularise the situation”.

But Kay Nimmo, who has lived next to the scout hut for 20 years, has written a seven-page letter to South Oxfordshire District Council outlining her concerns.

She says the parish council has encouraged parking on the site, despite knowing that it required planning permission, for more than three years.

“Parking does not take into consideration surrounding stakeholders and is frequently dangerous,” she said.

Her husband Bill said some residents had found parking in Littleworth Road more difficult as a result of the unofficial parking and the problem would be made worse if the plans were approved.

A decision on the application is expected to be made by November 26.

Meanwhile, the parish council is seeking legal advice on possible uses of Bertie West field, which it was bequeathed on the condition that it was used as a children’s playground.

Last year, the council submitted an outline planning application for a “low- profile” building for the village’s scouts, cubs, beavers and guides but withdrew it following objections from residents.

Now copies of historical documents have been sent to a solicitor at the National Association of Local Councils.

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