Tuesday, April 24, 2007

12 * 0.5 = less than 3.8!

The roadway adjacent to my property has been constructed some 500 millimetres (0.5 metres) higher than the existing land level. The Council assert that they can now construct a ramp with a gradient of 1 in 12 to overcome the height differential. Using simple maths that would require 6 metres of land (12 * 0.5 = 6) on which to accommodate a ramp!

However, there is less than 3.8 metres of land on which to construct a ramp, so how can the Council construct a 1 in 12 ramp to overcome a land differential of 0.5 metres in less that 3.8 metres? Easy, they just say they can do it and the Ombudsman appears to accept it.

I wonder how long I have to wait before the penny drops and the Ombudsman finally realises that the reason why the Council haven't done it over the last 6 years is because it's impossible!

Or has the penny dropped and that's the reason why the Ombudsman is now suggesting that my land is only worth £20 per square metre?

See posting below.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

LGO impartial? No chance!

During 1999 I sold a small parcel of land to a neighbour for a price of approx £150 per square metre. During 2003 I was offered £125 per square metre for all of my land. Luckily I turned the offer down because land prices have more than doubled since then . (Valuation Office Agency state they have increased by a factor of 2.17 times.) During 2005 I sold another small parcel of land to another neighbour for £350 per square metre.

Yet an investigator working for the Local Government Ombudsman recently told me that my land was only worth £20 per square metre. Why would an investigator try and persuade me my land was worth much less than it is?

Could it be because a Council need some of my land to finish a highway and they were trying to help them get it on the cheap?

Local Government Ombudsman, impartial, what do you think?

Thursday, April 12, 2007

E.Government Petition

Please click here to sign my petition now!

Although every British citizen can add their name to the petition due to an anomaly in the e-gov website they only allow one vote per e-mail address. Each family member must use a unique e-mail address rather than a joint family one.

Mrs Trevor

Housewife to serious campaigner thanks to one letter from the LGO.