Now this is really weird. Either it’s an unfortunate mistake or it’s unbelievably frank.
The Wanstead Guardian is reporting that the new owner of the hallowed Evergreen Field on Wanstead High Street is hoping to get the longstanding bar on development on the spot withdrawn. Dalbir Singh Sanger, director of Dalco Developments Ltd, is wanting to build seven houses, two flats and two shops on the ground, the paper says.
Redbridge Council has long held that the land is open space and cannot be used for housing. It was a battle to prevent development on the area 15 years ago which led to the founding of the Wanstead Society.
So what is Mr Sanger’s next move? He apparently told the paper:
“The field is fenced off and isn’t benefiting anyone and hasn’t done for 15 years. It is a waste of land and we are trying to bring it back to the community. What we are saying is lets get our head together and work something out. If they don’t want what we propose when we put in our application, we will go to appeal.
“If worse comes to worse we will grow our own vegetables there. There are so many things that we can do there which will be an eyesore to local people. ” [Our italics]
Can Mr Singh really have said this? It seems a remarkable thing to say. Perhaps it was a joke? Or maybe, in the now fashionable phrase, he misspoke.