Corporation of London refuses to allow Haven House Hospice to repave access road

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Charles Price and Mike Palfreman on the potholed path to Haven House Charles Price and Mike Palfreman on the potholed path to Haven House

HOSPICE staff have been left aghast after a move to ease access for disabled children was dashed by the Corporation of London.

Haven House hospice, off the High Road in Woodford Green, wants to repave the potholed access road which it shares with the neighbouring Woodford Rugby Club.

The hospice believes a width of 20ft is needed to allow ambulances to pass each other safely – but it needs the permission of the Corporation.

At a meeting of the corporation’s trustees on Tuesday (January 10) a compromise offer of 18ft was rejected, and the corporation’s superintendent, Paul Thomson, is now insisting on no more than 15ft.

Mike Palfreman, the hospice’s chief executive, said: “Clearly they have not moved at all.

“We now need to sit down and sort out what we are going to do because if we don’t make any repairs then it completely limits the activities the children can do outside of the hospice.

“It’s far too bumpy to push wheelchairs down there.

“I don’t know what we will do now, this is a totally unreasonable position to take.”

The Corporation is responsible for enforcing an 1878 act of Parliament which protects Epping Forest land, but Charles Price, of Woodford Rugby Club, said it was completely out of touch with the community.

“I think this is a complete disgrace,” he said.

“I told Mr Thomson that we are very angry about this and we will not let it lie.

“They have not moved an inch. I urged him to go back and see if something can be done now, because he must see that this will do their reputation no good at all.

“It’s a completely hostile attitude to the community and I find their stance utterly incomprehensible.”

Paul Thomson said: “While we are doing everything in our power to be a good neighbour, as a charitable trust we are unable to surrender forest land which has been placed in our care for purposes beyond the Act.”

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12:47pm Thu 12 Jan 12

ruby newbie says...

Dear Mr Tompson.
you say you are unable to surrender land,exactly how much land are you talking about very little that is unused,judging by the pictures seems to me that what is being requested to be done here will be a great improvement both visually and for the local residents who wont have to hear the sound of mini buses waiting to give way to others,if both the rugby club and the hospice are willing to pay then i dont see why this cannot go ahead.these gentlemen are trying to make the childrens wellbeing just that little bit better.saints if you ask me.
Dear Mr Tompson. you say you are unable to surrender land,exactly how much land are you talking about very little that is unused,judging by the pictures seems to me that what is being requested to be done here will be a great improvement both visually and for the local residents who wont have to hear the sound of mini buses waiting to give way to others,if both the rugby club and the hospice are willing to pay then i dont see why this cannot go ahead.these gentlemen are trying to make the childrens wellbeing just that little bit better.saints if you ask me. ruby newbie
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1:50pm Thu 12 Jan 12

topnote says...

Am I correct in understanding that City of London "protected Forest land" along Whipps Cross road was paved over for a cycle path. Strange priorities.
Am I correct in understanding that City of London "protected Forest land" along Whipps Cross road was paved over for a cycle path. Strange priorities. topnote
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10:52am Mon 6 Feb 12

lala33 says...

@topnote I'm not sure you are. The land you speak of is where the old tramway was so, not "protected Forest land" but highway. Am I wrong?
@topnote I'm not sure you are. The land you speak of is where the old tramway was so, not "protected Forest land" but highway. Am I wrong? lala33
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