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We are being denied access to our garden square

10 September, 2021

• EIGHTEEN months ago, my children invested in a small flat in Craven Hill Gardens, Lancaster Gate, for me to live in as there is a garden square to escape to.

The garden is privately owned and was sold to the freeholder by Westminster Council on condition that residents have access. I have the documentation.

After a brief initial period when the managing agents allowed me access, they changed the park’s locks and demanded £750 per annum from each resident (there are 110) for “maintenance”.

The park consists of ponds and trees, and fake grass. It is low maintenance. My neighbour requested proof of costs and this was denied.

This is a disgraceful situation and entirely unacceptable. What can be done to rectify and ensure our right of access?



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