Wandsworth Council uses compulsory purchase order to oust businesses

The shopping parade

The shopping parade

First published in News Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

The council is using a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to force out six businesses from a parade.

Wandsworth Borough Council, which owns the land in Beaumont Road, Southfields, claims it has been trying to negotiate with all the tenants and leaseholders since July last year.

Wandsworth Guardian:

However, owner of Rose’s Bakery, Rosemarie Cinquemani, 55, said her surveyor had been trying to work with the council since last September but to no avail.

Mrs Cinquemani, who has run the bakery for nearly 16 years, said: "We have had no offer made. My surveyor just couldn’t get answers from them.

"I just don’t know where we stand. You can’t plan for the future or book a holiday - or anything. We don’t know if we are getting compensation. We don’t know when we have got to leave. We don’t know anything really - no information whatsoever.

"The shops do need a lot of work done on them - the roof is leaking. Last week I was running around with buckets. It is not ideal."

Wandsworth Guardian:

The closure of the family-run bakery will mean three members of staff have to find alternative jobs, while one of their team will move to their bakery in Inner Park Road.

The council deems the only possible way forward is to oust everyone, from a Chinese takeaway to a laundrette, using CPOs.

A total of £1.2m has been approved to buy out all six of the Beaumont Road traders.

Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the site including the demolition of existing buildings, the building of two shop units, a supermarket and 17 flats above. The plans do not include any affordable housing.

A spokesman for Wandsworth Council said: "Our plans are that the proposed development will be high quality and result in significant improvement to the appearance of this area.

The parade is in Beaumont Road

"The scheme will improve the quality and range of shops for local residents and also provide new housing. When we consulted the local community there was significant public support for these proposals."

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9:21am Wed 23 Jul 14

buggsie says...

Yet more building of flats in our overpopulated Wandsworth - which will bring with it more traffic and congestion. Never used those shops but have driven past and as they are in the middle of housing estates they must do quite a lot of business. Not a good move Wandsworth.
Yet more building of flats in our overpopulated Wandsworth - which will bring with it more traffic and congestion. Never used those shops but have driven past and as they are in the middle of housing estates they must do quite a lot of business. Not a good move Wandsworth. buggsie
  • Score: 4

1:02pm Wed 23 Jul 14

janee says...

No affordable housing? More evidence of Wandsworth's disgraceful social cleansing? Local small shops being replaced by yet more Sainsbury's and Tesco's?

Wandsworth is rapidly becoming an anonymous "could be anywhere" dormitory suburb. The only people benefitting are those absentee landlords who are charging extortionate rents or leaving the flats empty in order to sell them when the price is right.

Does this council understand community dynamics and how a stable, supportive community saves them money?
No affordable housing? More evidence of Wandsworth's disgraceful social cleansing? Local small shops being replaced by yet more Sainsbury's and Tesco's? Wandsworth is rapidly becoming an anonymous "could be anywhere" dormitory suburb. The only people benefitting are those absentee landlords who are charging extortionate rents or leaving the flats empty in order to sell them when the price is right. Does this council understand community dynamics and how a stable, supportive community saves them money? janee
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Wed 23 Jul 14

puzzled says...

But still people vote the same people in
But still people vote the same people in puzzled
  • Score: 3

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