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Council accuses property owners of illegal land grab

Posted on Monday 18th May 2009 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Champs Sur Marne

Property owners in a wealthy neighbourhood of Bradley Stoke have been accused of an illegal land grab by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

The owners of a number of executive properties in Champs Sur Marne are understood to have extended their rear gardens beyond the original boundary into a strip of woodland that separates them from the grounds of Bradley Stoke Community School.

It is thought that the issue may have come to light during site inspections connected with the planned expansion of the school to include a sixth form centre at its Fiddlers Wood Lane site.

Asked to confirm the rumours, a spokesperson for SGC told The Journal:

“The council has a duty to protect its land holdings and is currently in discussion with certain residents of Champ Sur Marne as to how best resolve what appears to be an encroachment of their rear gardens onto part of the Bradley Stoke Community School site and removal of a protected hedge.”

A source at BSCS made it clear that it is the council rather than the school that is taking action against the residents.

More Information: The disputed area on Google Maps (The Journal)

The Champs Sur Marne road is named after Bradley Stoke’s twin town of Champs-sur-Marne in France. The twinning agreement between the two towns was formally signed in 2000 and next year will see the Bradley Stoke Twinning Association celebrate the tenth anniversary of the relationship.

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