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From Jaguar Land Rover to Queens Park Rangers FC - how much of Britain do Indians own?

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If Laksmi Mittal and his son-in-law Amit Bhatia are so very, very rich, why is it necessary for the Labour leader of Ealing Council to be 'free gifting' the pair 60 acres of Metropolitan Open Lane (the city equivalent of Green Belt). Why? You may well ask. Warren Farm School Sports Centre (UB2 4NE) is public open land, part of the Brent River Park and Metropolitan Open Land. It was a well-used public outdoor sports centre until it was closed in 2013 in preparation for gifting to QPR Holdings Limited. There are many unanswered questions about the legality of this highly controversial deal: Why has permission to dump 180,000 m3 of ‘muck’ onto Metropolitan Open Land been granted without an Environmental Impact Assessment? · Why were the ‘very special circumstances’ required to permit development on protected Metropolitan Open Land given as “the compelling need for the development [QPR need a training ground]; the lack of alternative ‘brownfield’ sites [for QPR Holdings Limited]; the benefits to the local community [6 changing rooms]; and the steps that are proposed to mitigate any harm to the openness of the Metropolitan Open Land [using it as land-fill]” when these are decidedly not compelling enough to despoil MOL? · Why has overwhelming public opposition for the last 3 years been ignored? · Why was a local football club moved out of Warren Farm to make way for a commercial football club to move in? · Why do public footpaths across public land need to be extinguished to make way for a commercial operation? · Why has the public’s request to list all 61 acres of this public land as an Asset of Community Value been ignored? · Why do development plans show that the previous 30 public changing rooms are to be replaced with just 6 and cited as a ‘benefit to the community’? · Why are the public being told that 6 changing rooms and occasional use of a sports hall is fair exchange for 61 acres (valued at £31 million) of the best sports fields in Ealing? · Why did Ealing Council not properly consult the public about the initial development plans, excluding the most local public to the land? Go to www.savewarrenfarm.co.uk for the distressing asnwers and petition Parliament for a public inquiry

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015

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11:32 am

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