Land use at the end of Comberton Rd, E5

Mr Wyatt made this Freedom of Information request to Hackney Borough Council

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Dear Hackney Borough Council,

I am interested in understanding the current status of the land (gardens) at the end of Comberton Rd, E5 which reside on a bridge over the railway line below. Specifically:
- who is responsible for managing and maintaining the land and their contact details
- what, if any, plans there are with respect to the use of this land
- has the land ever been open to the public and, if so, when was it closed

As further context, I have attempted to identify the owner of the land via the Land Registry - however, the only document i can find is a Plan of Title: LN137327 which shows Comberton Rd continuing through to Southwold Rd, but not a current plan that shows the road as a dead end with gardens at the end of the street. It is my assumption that as this land was formerly a road managed by Hackney Borough Council it is still in the possession of the council.

Yours faithfully,
Mr Wyatt

hackney@infreemation.co.uk, Hackney Borough Council

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Dear Mr Wyatt,

Thank you for your request of 28th August.

Your request:

I am interested in understanding the current status of the land (gardens)
at the end of Comberton Rd, E5 which reside on a bridge over the railway
line below. Specifically: 
- who is responsible for managing and maintaining the land and their
contact details
- what, if any, plans there are with respect to the use of this land 
- has the land ever been open to the public and, if so, when was it closed

As further context, I have attempted to identify the owner of the land via
the Land Registry - however, the only document i can find is a Plan of
Title: LN137327 which shows Comberton Rd continuing through to Southwold
Rd, but not a current plan that shows the road as a dead end with gardens
at the end of the street. It is my assumption that as this land was
formerly a road managed by Hackney Borough Council it is still in the
possession of the council. 

 

Comberton Road, it's not currently classed as Public Highway, however it
was still a road in 1970s - see attached plan showing areas of public
highway shaded green.

The second attached map shows it as neither a 'green space' nor a
'registered park', so therefore not managed by the council Parks
department - the area in question is marked as red outline in both plans.

When it was a road, the council was responsible for maintaining it.  When
the road was closed, and the block of flats was built, there should have
been an official stopping up order, however we can find no record of such
in our archives.

You are therefore correct that this was formerly a road managed by the
council, however we no longer maintain it.  The land underneath is part of
the railway and therefore managed by Network Rail.

We currently have no future plans for this area of land.

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Dear [email address],

Thank you for your response, that's extremely helpful. Unfortunately, I can't see the attached files - are you able to resend?

Also, to clarify, who is the relevant point of contact at Hackney Council to discuss this land.

Yours sincerely,
Mr Wyatt

Martyn Dewar left an annotation ()

There are two images contained within the email received from the London Borough of Hackney, however, due to the way they have been linked, they are not visible on WhatDoTheyKnow (or, within the message when viewed using a normal email client).

It looks like this has been caused by a glitch in the software the Council is using to handle their FoI requests as the links were only visible when viewing the 'source' of the message itself.

The files can be accessed at:

https://hackney.infreemation.co.uk/foi/f...
https://hackney.infreemation.co.uk/foi/f...

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Martyn, WhatDoTheyKnow.com volunteer

hackney@infreemation.co.uk, Hackney Borough Council

2 Attachments

Please find the images attached as separate files.

 

As the land is not maintained by London Borough of Hackney, we cannot  put
you in touch with anyone specific, however, if you are interested in
planning applications, you could look at the pages on our
website: https://hackney.gov.uk/planning - there is also a contact email.

Kind regards

Information Management

London Borough of Hackney