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Obstruction of public right of way and potential theft from the church

Reported in the Parks/landscapes category anonymously at 15:12, Wednesday 16 September 2020

Sent to Westminster City Council less than a minute later

Behind S Saviour’s Church and the attached flats there is a piece of land, belonging to the Church, with raised bed planters. The area has been a public right of way since 1976. A local businessman whose parents reside in the Manor House has now erected gates to enclose that piece of land (belonging to the church) and deny access to the public. He is also desirous of creating a door from that house into the gated area, effectively creating a private garden for the house.

1. That piece of land has been a public right of way since 1976. It is an area used constantly by the church where before and after Sunday or weekday liturgies children and parents can gather, away from the heavy traffic on Warrington Crescent. Indeed, during the Sunday liturgies it is a place where children can be calmed if they become restless during services.

2. That land is an important piece of our Fire Protocol worked out with the London Fire Brigade. If there is an incident in church which necessitates evacuation the congregation is mustered in that safe area. Because of the nature of the area it is possible to check that everyone who was in the building is safely out by using the registers of attendance. To close off this area is a threat to the Health and Safety protocols of the Church.

3. That area, again with the advice of the London Fire Brigade, is the recognised muster and safety point for St Saviour’s School if the building needs to be evacuated. It is the perfect size and shape for gathering children and adults whose presence can be checked against the School’s register. It is the nearest suitable venue to the school.

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