Council claims public park land was unlawfully taken
Tuesday 21 May: Hillingdon Council is taking legal action to reclaim land next to Hillingdon Court Park in Uxbridge.
The council claims the land previously formed part of the public park, and was illegally annexed by property developer McWalshe Ltd in 2010 when four houses were built on the site.
The council later discovered that the gardens of the four houses had been extended so that they encroached into the public park. The council says that aerial photography, council records and measurements taken at the site, support its claim.
Despite entering into discussions in an attempt to resolve the matter amicably, the council says it must now begin legal steps to reclaim the land.
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: "Encroachment onto public land is an ongoing problem for many local authorities. We will always take action when public land that is rightfully there for the enjoyment and benefit of our local residents, is unlawfully taken away by private developers.
"Anyone found encroaching onto public land will be asked to reinstate the correct boundary. Those who fail to do so may be prosecuted."
Hillingdon Council advises residents who are unsure about their boundaries to contact HM Land Registry or ask the council for an inspection.