A number of residents of Stanstead and Rojack Roads are upset that Lewisham Council appear to have taken quite an underhanded approach in the way in which they approached publication of a notice and opening of a consultation period for the Disposal of open space land 30-32 Stanstead Road for the building of 4 * 1 bedroom flats.
Residents of the local area had been contacting Lewisham Council to try to find out where the notice was published. Numerous attempts had been made of various departments within Lewisham Council with no luck - people were directed to departments that were unable to help and no responses were received to communications sent.
The notice was eventually located by the residents albeit too late and after the consultation period had closed. A single public notice was published on the 4th April in the smallest circulating local newspaper The South London Press, which services the whole of South London (please note that this is not a free paper).
We have seen an artist’s impression of the flats which we strongly believe is not in keeping with the local area. We believe that the loss of the space will be a loss to our area. It will generate a huge amount of traffic on two roads, one of which is a no through road. The Montesorri and families doing drop-offs and pickups at the nursery will be adversely affected by the volume of traffic that the building of these flats will generate.
We think that it’s only right and fair that the Council re-open the consultation period for the disposal of this land considering the underhanded way in which the initial notice was published. The council states on its own website that it publishes public notices in the News Shopper (the largest circulating local newspaper) - this did not happen, however. Neither was it published on their website as per other previous unrelated notices.