Monday, 18 December 2017

Planning row centre writing to candidates

A GARDEN centre at the centre of a planning dispute with Wokingham Borough Council is seeking support from

A GARDEN centre at the centre of a planning dispute with Wokingham Borough Council is seeking support from candidates in next month’s elections.

Hare Hatch Sheeplands, near Wargrave, is the subject of enforcement action from the council after owner Rob Scott was accused of using green belt land without permission and extending a cafe and play area.

More than 10,000 have signed a petition calling for the council to drop the action against the centre and Mr Scott says hundreds more have asked which potential councillors support the business.

He has now written to candidates across the borough who will be up for election on Thursday, May 5.

Mr Scott said: “Our supporters come from throughout the entire borough council area and they see the local elections as an opportunity to make their views known in the wards.



“They are making it clear to us that they will not necessarily vote along traditional political party lines but will vote in a way which helps Sheeplands avoid closing down.”

Mr Scott added that the business spends about £1 million each year on local products and raises the same amount for charity.

He said that the site has been transformed since he bought it 23 years ago and it now draws in thousands of customers from Henley, Wargrave, Reading, Bracknell and Maidenhead.

Mr Scott added: “The letters have gone out to candidates and we look forward with interest to their responses.”



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