No legal restrictions over car park sale

By Richard Wright

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


THERE are no legal restrictions preventing the sale of Blackgang's Viewpoint car park to the owners of Blackgang Chine, the Isle of Wight Council has said.

Responding to suggestions the car park may have been created with cash from the Rees Jeffrys Road Fund, which would have to be re-paid if the car park was sold, the Isle of Wight Council said that was not the case.

Strategic assets manager Barry Cooke said: "A full report on legal title, which revealed there were no restrictions on the council’s ownership, was undertaken."

The car park is being sold with a guarantee parking will not be reduced. The chine says it wants to introduce new facilities there.



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by Vernon Blunt

3rd January 2013, at 18:29:29

Whilst there may be no legal restriction doesn't the Isle of Wight Council feel that morally it shouldn't be selling off a public viewpoint created by a charitable grant? A Rees Jeffreys Road Fund plaque is at the viewpoint so they must have been involved at some point in the past and most likely gave money to the Council either to acquire the land or construct the viewpoint for the benefit of all. Maybe the Isle of Wight Council should consider repaying or making a donation the Road Fund out of the proceeds of sale?

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by Alan Bennett

2nd January 2013, at 19:41:08

Yay Gary! Lets get all the ice cream vans on the Island to head for the Viewpoint Car park and picket the place so the diggers cannot get in!

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by Gary Hall

1st January 2013, at 18:30:35

I'm with Alan Bennett - Does anyone really want an extention of Blackgang Chine up here? To be honest I really like the current Chale Farm Ice Cream Van - What next - Robin Hill wanting to take over Bills Ice Cream Van on Brading Downs. No thanks.

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by Jean Cotton

1st January 2013, at 15:55:58

I would like to know what is going to happen to our memorial benches at the View Point Car Park when Blackgang Chine takes over.

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by Alan Bennett

1st January 2013, at 12:16:35

For the last time, it does not need new facilities there! It has old world, untouched charm that is fast becoming hard to find on the Island. We do not need to desecrate this idyllic spot with commercial advertising for Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill, just pull in for a decent local ice cream and a fantastic panoramic view of the Jurassic Coast

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