Published: 8 February, 2013
• THE linear park along City Road Canal Basin, Islington’s largest ‘lake’, has been delayed 13 years but residents were barred yet again for the last two weekends when a gate to a large landscaped space was not unlocked.
Groveworld Ltd, which has made millions out of property development in Islington, is responsible for the gate. Its head office is 40 yards away under the 74 Angel Waterside flats facing the basin. It is not the first time the gate has been found closed. Groveworld seems unable to meet the terms of what is called a Section 106 agreement that was necessary to secure planning consent for Angel Waterside.
The agreement requires there be public access to what is termed the “garden area open space” in perpetuity, according to a letter to me in 2009 from Islington Council’s Section 106 officer.
There is no planning permission for the gate to be there at all. Groveworld needs to be told to remove the gate. Residents like myself should not have to check continually that the gate is open.
The last two weekends are not the first time that Groveworld’s previous assurances that the gate would be opened have been honoured in the breach after a few weeks.
The linear park is stymied by three other gates. Two are Islington Council’s and can be moved. The other is the National Grid’s and it is understood to be favourable to its removal. As spring is approaching the council needs to get a move on after 13 years, so residents can enjoy a lakeside walk at long last.
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