More open spaces in Stamford sold at auction

Green spaces in Stamford up for auction EMN-140619-151055001
Green spaces in Stamford up for auction EMN-140619-151055001
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Five lots of open land on a Stamford housing estate have been sold at auction - despite residents’ calls to save them for the community.

Who bought the individual plots north of Casterton Road, sold by Jelson Homes, will not be known until the details are registered with the Land Registry in the coming months.

Two of the lots - land on Haddon Road and on the north side of Casterton Road - were sold several days prior to the auction. The three other lots - plots off Chatsworth Road, between Casterton Road and Chatsworth Road, and Rockingham Road - were sold at the auction held by Shonki Brother on Wednesday, at Leicester Race Course.

A similar auction last month saw 17 plots of ‘green spaces’ sold on the Scottish Estate off Casterton Road.

In that instance the bulk of the lots were bought by Stamford town councillor John Dawson who plans to hand them to a trust “to be kept in perpetuity for the people of Stamford”.

Residents had started a campaign and more than 600 people have so far signed the ‘Stop Jelson Homes Profiting from Stamford’s Green Spaces’ e-petition.

Spokesman for Stamford Open Spaces Campaign Dan Hiblin said: “It is a great shame that the land has been sold.

“It means that now the ownership of these green spaces is splintered and it’s going to be hard to ensure that they are maintained for community use. It makes it a lot harder for the recreational spaces to be available for the community.”

South Kesteven district councillor Terl Bryant (Con), who warned people planning to buy the plots that they would be saddled with maintenance costs, was disappointed they had been sold.

He said: “I don’t see the benefit of anybody buying any of these plots. One of the previous plots that was sold is not being maintained and the grass there is now knee-high and the council will have to service notice.”