Disinterest by the ruling Conservative administration at Westminster Council in getting involved in the sale of Prince’s Square Gardens in Bayswater have led to residents narrowly missing a crucial opportunity to save access to the gardens for local people.
Residents, supported by Labour Councillor Maggie Carman, called for the Square to be designated by the Council as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), something which would give residents up to a year to raise funds to purchase the Square for the community and other protections. However the responsible Cabinet Member at the time Cllr Melvyn Caplan, was deeply sceptical about idea that it could or should receive this protection. Despite this scepticism and council foot-dragging the Square eventually was recognised as an Asset of Community value on August 13th. However residents have subsequently found out that unfortunately the Square was secretly sold on 15th July to a newly created property company leaving the future of the Gardens and residents’ ability to access them uncertain.
Labour Councillor for Bayswater Maggie Carman said “If the Conservative Council hadn’t been wasting its time and money on the £6 million Marble Arch Mound they could have taken action in time to protect this much loved green space in the heart of Bayswater and ensure residents are able to use it in future.”