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We are pleased to report that we have won our appeal hearing, and will now go on to full Trial. The win means we can take forward the charitable arguments in our defense and the Attorney General has now been joined to the case as our 3rd defendant.
The trial window remains July – October 2020 with all likelihood it will now be heard early in October 2020. The case estimate (and complexity) has been significantly expanded, now to a duration of 9-10 days previously 3 -4 days. This will also allow a window for resumption of mediation with Brent. However, our position remains Brent are only Custodian Trustees with no right to sell the land, which is owned by the African and Caribbean community. Our primary defense arguments remain that we drafted as litigants in person. Which is based on there being a Charitable Trust established by the actions and events around both the purchase then development of Bridge Park circa 1982.
OVER THIRTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Our Founding Ethos:
On 5th May 1982, a disused London transport building was purchased by the founders of Harlesdens Peoples Community Centre:
In circa 1980, Leonard Johnson led the Harlesden Peoples Community Council (HPCC) dream to expand the mix of educational, social and commercial development work they were doing in the local community.
In order for this to be realised they knew that they would need much larger premises. A COMMUNITY COMPLEX. He knew the bus depot was disused and thought to approach London Transport.
Leonard mentioned to others that he would try to get the Bus Garage for their vision and was told “….that is impossible! It’s worth £millions you’re dreaming”………… click here to read more of the Story (or simply read below for current update).
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Where are we now?
THANK YOU THE CONTINUED SUPPORT TO SAVE BRIDGE PARK LAND & COMPLEX
BRIDGE PARK IS NOT SOLD
27th Feb 2018
Brent Council have made efforts to sell Bridge Park to General Mediterranean Holdings (GMH). GMH plan to invest over £850 million on the land in a private development of hotels, offices and 600 Flats with only 30 going to the community (5% affordable).
There was no community consultation on the decision to sell the Land. Similarly, no consultation on the decision to cease the provision of 90% of the current services and relocate to a much smaller position on the land.
Finally, the conditional sale was not put through the normal full and open tender for projects of this size. Deloitte’s who have worked with Brent for many years and are Brent’s approved consultancy partner. Brent Council may have paid to have a report written, the outcome of which allowed Brent to sell directly to GMH without open market scrutiny, competition or tender.
It is understood that Brent has advertised the current land through a very small and relatively unknown agent, showing options only with the current restrictions i.e. D2/D1 which naturally will depress any commercial value/ interest. However, Brent appear to have then gone on to exchange with GMH on the understanding their planning would lift the current restrictions as required to maximise the development as shown, during the 2 yrs exchange or after any sale (with a further 2yr option totalling up to 4yrs to complete).
In return for the sale of the Bridge Park land, GMH have agreed to look to build on a relatively very small portion of retained land a Gym and National standards Swimming Pool for the community. Summary, drawings were provided for Brent’s Q4,17 community public meeting events in Harlesden and Bridge Park. Again, we state the community have not been consulted on the decision to sell our Land.
Our community has greater socio economic needs than for a swimming pool and gym. The community’s strong opposition to the land sale and proposed development was unanimously made clear at all public meetings.
Brent Council without consultation both removed the protective covenant on the land and then entered into the Conditional Land Sale Agreement (exchange of contracts) with General Mediterranean Holdings (GMH) who as guarantor for the sale of the Bridge Park Complex in June 2017. A strict condition of the sale is that the land must be free of all interests. Brent Council plan to allow development worth over £800 million, but aim to let almost 3.5acres of prime land go for less than £13million to GMH.
Through HPCC the community has declared its interest in the land.
After careful advice, an application to the Land Registry to restrict Brent Council, to stop the Sale of Bridge Park was successfully logged in August 2017, through our lawyers
In further opposition the community has put forward its own vision: To build an iconic Centre of Excellence (Educational, Social, Commercial, Technology) along with the UK’s largest African & Caribbean supermarket & wholesale, Banqueting/Theatre and Multi-Faith Centre on the land – all self-funding with 200 residential flats, with up to 25% as affordable housing.
The Bridge Park Community Council Steering Group (BPCC) is the trading name of Stonebridge Community Trust (HPCC) Ltd.
We are the successor’s to the original Harlesden Peoples Community Council HPCC (founders of Bridge Park).
We have come together with the specific aim of establishing the communities’ interest in ensuring we have a say in the control, development and future of the land of Bridge Park.
There is a foundation stone on the outside wall of the Bridge Park Complex which stands in recognition and as testament to the work of the founders HPCC. We are lobbying to keep this stone and to correct the historical void that exist around the true story of Bridge Park.
What is also important is that any development should be used for the socio-economic benefit of the Local Community and specifically aimed but not limited to the needs of the African and Caribbean community. All this is in keeping with the original HPCC aims and vision for Bridge Park.
BPCC is made up of members from the local community, skilled volunteers, business people and users of Bridge Park, who have set up as the BPCC Charity (CIO), to hold the Bridge Park development assets after our successful case, along with the outcome of any negotiations with Brent………….. click to read more of full update
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Its Our Time…..
“The Time Is Always Right To Do What is Right”
Dr. Martin Luther King
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BPCC Steering Group is the Trading name of:
Stonebridge Community Trust (HPCC) Ltd
A Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Objects
(Registered in England No.: 11260746) successor to HPCC