Croydon Council will sell off a house in Grangewood Park, despite fierce opposition from locals.
The cash-strapped council will auction off the dilapidated former park keeper’s cottage – known as Heath Lodge – in a bid to save money.
The council tried to do this last year but was forced to back down after 4,500 people signed a petition against the proposal.
A council report reads: “Alternative uses have been considered by the council but these have proved not to be financially viable.
“Although local community groups have previously expressed an interest in retaining the asset for community use, these discussions have not progressed and the property has continued to deteriorate and attract antisocial behaviour.”
Plans to sell off the house and a strip of land in front has once again drawn complaints from locals and the Friends of Grangewood Park campaign group.
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They fear the loss of public space and worry that it could be built on.
In response to this, the council report says: “The majority of the site was the former garden area of the lodge and there is clear evidence that this was securely fenced off and excluded from public access when the lodge was in use.”
It adds that part of the site on the boundary with Grange Road is overgrown and prone to fly-tipping.
The council claims it will put conditions in place to stop the site being redeveloped and kept as one home.
On October 18, the council’s cabinet will agree to pass the decision to sell off the land to the council’s director of resources.
It is then expected to be put up for auction. The council’s cabinet will meet at Croydon Town Hall on Monday (October 18) to make the decision.