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We want car park’ removed and our green space returned

PUBLISHED: 20:02 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 14:15 05 October 2010

Dear Ed, I WRITE once again to complain about Swan Housing, this time about the temporary car park’ on the once-green space east of Brayford Square on the Exmouth Estate in Stepney. Swan was granted a one-year planning permit to use this green space for cars on September 26, 2007. This has long expired, yet Swan continues occupying it

Dear Ed,

I WRITE once again to complain about Swan Housing Association, this time about the temporary car park’ on the once-green space east of Brayford Square on the Exmouth Estate in Stepney, next to Summercourt Road.

Swan (or their construction company Higgins), was granted a one-year planning permit to use this green space for cars on September 26, 2007 (No. PA/07/01671).

This one-year permit has long expired, yet Swan and Higgins continue to occupy the space.

In fact, they have occupied it for so long that some people, including Swan Housing’s assistant development director Akin Durowoju, in his letter to the East London Advertiser, seem to think it has always been a car park (Advertiser website letters, March 30).

Others, too, might think this and conclude that a huge block of flats would be preferable to an ugly car park full of all sorts of rubbish as well as parked vehicles.

This would add credence to Swan Housing’s proposal to build on the site and would suit their purpose very well.

The sooner Swan and Higgins move out, the better—so that the car park’ can be the open green space it once was.

Eric Wright

Exmouth Estate, Commercial Road, Stepney


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