Avenue Tennis Must Be Listed As An Asset of Community Value

Watling Labour Councillor Chrissy Stamp is continuing her support to stop the Avenue Tennis, Glebe Road being built on.  So far four planning applications have been refused by the Planning Committee.  

The first two applications were appealed and refused by the Planning Inspectorate.  The latest two applications are waiting to be heard at appeal.  The planning application includes building 3 houses and 4 car parking spaces in the back garden of No. 26 Second Avenue. 

Councillor Chrissy Stamp reported Rehman Chishti MP to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards with regards to his letter of support for the third planning application submitted.  Rehman Chishti was found to have breached paragraph 14 of the code.  For the fourth planning application, there was suspicion over fraudulent letters of support which had been submitted to Medway Council.  Councillor Chrissy Stamp reported suspected fraud to the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Division.  Unfortunately they were not able to carry out their investigation into fraud as Medway Council were not able to provide the information requested by The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Division.  

Councillor Chrissy Stamp is supporting the campaign led by local residents to get the Avenue Tennis site designated as an Asset of Community Value. This is a key part of the strategy to stop harmful development on a valued green space from taking place.  Residents can join her in signing the petition by clicking the following link – https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DQSIkWdsW0yxEjajBLZtrQAAAAAAAAAAAAa__Zm0K4BUNFQwQ1VSODNWNVNIUFNJQTRCN0hENTZXVy4u

Cllr Chrissy Stamp, Member for Watling said: “The underhand ways in which this redevelopment has been tried to be pushed through is an insult to the many local residents who have raised reasonable concerns about the plans for the Avenue Tennis site. I will continue to speak up on behalf of these residents. I’m also encouraging everyone to support the campaign to get the Avenue Tennis site designated as an Asset of Community Value.”

Cllr Alex Paterson, Chair of the Medway Co-operative Party added: “As Labour and Co-operative councillors we believe in empowering communities to take care of the things that matter to them. The Co-operative Party’s ‘Love It? List It’ campaign highlights a very straightforward way for local people to come together to protect local amenities they care about. As with Chatham Docks, this site is clearly an Asset of Community Value and having it listed as such by the council will give local people valuable legal protections against losing it.

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