Candidate's drive comes under fire in council investigation

Candidate's drive comes under fire in council investigation

Complaints were made to the council about matting on a grass verge at the property

Martine claims that the family approached the council about the land and was told that no one owned it.

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An investigation is being carried out following complaints made against a property in Borehamwood.

Complaints were made to Hertsmere Borough Council recently regarding matting that had been laid on a grass verge at a property in Cowley Hill.

Homeowner Martine Eni, wife of Conservative candidate Victor Eni, claims that the family approached the council about the land and was told that no one owned it.

She added: “With so many children around during the school times, it is just mayhem. I don’t want to be responsible if my car is in the way and someone gets hurt, so that’s why we have this.

“I wanted to put a concrete drive there but decided it was disrespectful for our neighbours and didn’t want to upset them, so we decided on this matting.”

From first investigations, the council has found that the land is not owned by either the council or highways.

It is currently establishing who owns the land before taking any further steps.

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4:51pm Wed 21 May 14

save the wood says...

has no right to put a drive there and mucked the grass area up. if i was a neighbour i would rip it up and throw it in his garden. who do you sue if you injure yourself tripping or slipping on it
has no right to put a drive there and mucked the grass area up. if i was a neighbour i would rip it up and throw it in his garden. who do you sue if you injure yourself tripping or slipping on it save the wood
  • Score: 8

9:43am Thu 22 May 14

poshiesymons says...

She added: “With so many children around during the school times, it is just mayhem. I don’t want to be responsible if my car is in the way and someone gets hurt, so that’s why we have this. .......kids are always getting injured by parked cars ...
She added: “With so many children around during the school times, it is just mayhem. I don’t want to be responsible if my car is in the way and someone gets hurt, so that’s why we have this. .......kids are always getting injured by parked cars ... poshiesymons
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Thu 22 May 14

Neil Herts says...

Mr Taxpayer is clearly a sad misinformed and narrow minded individual. Whether I may or not share Mr Eni politics, he is at least standing for public office to serve the community and it is a councillor not an MP, so having you facts right is always a good start. If the land has no owner and The Eni's asked for permission of the council prior to putting it down all they seem to have done is allow themselves access to the property without churning up grass land which appears the only vehicular access. I am also a tax payer, and native to England and have served my our country in uniform for over 25 year, both in the UK and abroad. underlying inferences regarding Mr Eni's heritage are not necessary and irrelevant, perhaps Mr Taxpayer should think about those people of foreign descent who have and still give their lives in service to allow him the freedom to write such drivel, the UK is a multi cultural society.
Mr Taxpayer is clearly a sad misinformed and narrow minded individual. Whether I may or not share Mr Eni politics, he is at least standing for public office to serve the community and it is a councillor not an MP, so having you facts right is always a good start. If the land has no owner and The Eni's asked for permission of the council prior to putting it down all they seem to have done is allow themselves access to the property without churning up grass land which appears the only vehicular access. I am also a tax payer, and native to England and have served my our country in uniform for over 25 year, both in the UK and abroad. underlying inferences regarding Mr Eni's heritage are not necessary and irrelevant, perhaps Mr Taxpayer should think about those people of foreign descent who have and still give their lives in service to allow him the freedom to write such drivel, the UK is a multi cultural society. Neil Herts
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Thu 22 May 14

TFEB says...

What about the law, doesn't this apply here?

The Highways Act 1980, Section 184, makes it an offence to drive a vehicle across a footway or verge where there is no proper vehicle crossover.
What about the law, doesn't this apply here? The Highways Act 1980, Section 184, makes it an offence to drive a vehicle across a footway or verge where there is no proper vehicle crossover. TFEB
  • Score: 15

11:51pm Thu 22 May 14

Unsullied says...

I'm very pleased to have drawn this matter to the attention of the electorate. Maybe an apology will now be forthcoming from the supporter of Mr Eni who accused me of making slanderous allegations?
I'm very pleased to have drawn this matter to the attention of the electorate. Maybe an apology will now be forthcoming from the supporter of Mr Eni who accused me of making slanderous allegations? Unsullied
  • Score: 8

8:06am Fri 23 May 14

Diversity-One says...

Unsullied I am not sure what exactly you are expecting but let us be clear about 1 thing. Mr Eni had prior to his putting down the Eco-friendly meshing on front of his property, consulted with the local council and they had reassured him that the land did not belong to anyone.

But I am extremely pleased for you that bringing this to the attention of the local electorate has brought you so much joy, everyone needs a hobby :)
Unsullied I am not sure what exactly you are expecting but let us be clear about 1 thing. Mr Eni had prior to his putting down the Eco-friendly meshing on front of his property, consulted with the local council and they had reassured him that the land did not belong to anyone. But I am extremely pleased for you that bringing this to the attention of the local electorate has brought you so much joy, everyone needs a hobby :) Diversity-One
  • Score: -9

8:41am Fri 23 May 14

Reader (R) says...

Diversity-One wrote:
Unsullied I am not sure what exactly you are expecting but let us be clear about 1 thing. Mr Eni had prior to his putting down the Eco-friendly meshing on front of his property, consulted with the local council and they had reassured him that the land did not belong to anyone.

But I am extremely pleased for you that bringing this to the attention of the local electorate has brought you so much joy, everyone needs a hobby :)
The council stated that the land did not belong to them or the county council. That being the case the council have no authority to clear the way for Mr Eni to lay this plastic matting down. Further investigation is needed to establish ownership and until such action is concluded Mr Eni should be made to remove the matting.
[quote][p][bold]Diversity-One[/bold] wrote: Unsullied I am not sure what exactly you are expecting but let us be clear about 1 thing. Mr Eni had prior to his putting down the Eco-friendly meshing on front of his property, consulted with the local council and they had reassured him that the land did not belong to anyone. But I am extremely pleased for you that bringing this to the attention of the local electorate has brought you so much joy, everyone needs a hobby :)[/p][/quote]The council stated that the land did not belong to them or the county council. That being the case the council have no authority to clear the way for Mr Eni to lay this plastic matting down. Further investigation is needed to establish ownership and until such action is concluded Mr Eni should be made to remove the matting. Reader (R)
  • Score: 6

1:06pm Fri 23 May 14

Pride says...

Mr Taxpayer yet again proving what a pathetic vile rancid little sad racist of an individual he is. I guess its neighbours must be sick and tired of living near this thing.
Mr Taxpayer yet again proving what a pathetic vile rancid little sad racist of an individual he is. I guess its neighbours must be sick and tired of living near this thing. Pride
  • Score: -7

3:22pm Fri 23 May 14

Borehamwood John says...

Wonder why the council pay to cut the grass if they don't own it!!
Wonder why the council pay to cut the grass if they don't own it!! Borehamwood John
  • Score: 8

8:32pm Fri 23 May 14

studio70. says...

Maybe the local travelers can set up camp on this land seeing as nobody owes it
Maybe the local travelers can set up camp on this land seeing as nobody owes it studio70.
  • Score: 6

5:47am Sat 24 May 14

ItsOnlyMe! says...

Maybe the parents picking up their children could park there too!
No one could stop them as no one owns the land!!
Maybe the parents picking up their children could park there too! No one could stop them as no one owns the land!! ItsOnlyMe!
  • Score: 10

10:47am Sat 24 May 14

david Burcombe says...

It seems mr Eni did the right thing he consulted the council first. Before slating this gentleman people should check their facts first I may or may not subscribe to his political views but rampant racism will be reported.What some people forget it is immigrants to this country that put great in to Britain. Thanks to people of foreign birth came to the aid of England in our war against the Nazi party of Germany. In the great fire of London 1666 may people were saved thanks to the intervention of a Dutchman. Throughout history people of foreign birth have come to the aid of our country. Just because somebody was not born here they should not be victimised Many businesses in Borehamwood are owned by foreigners first 2nd or third generation The Mayor of London was born in USA and his ancestors are from Turkey Ed Milliband comes from stock not born in this country Nick Clegg also from foreign stock
It seems mr Eni did the right thing he consulted the council first. Before slating this gentleman people should check their facts first I may or may not subscribe to his political views but rampant racism will be reported.What some people forget it is immigrants to this country that put great in to Britain. Thanks to people of foreign birth came to the aid of England in our war against the Nazi party of Germany. In the great fire of London 1666 may people were saved thanks to the intervention of a Dutchman. Throughout history people of foreign birth have come to the aid of our country. Just because somebody was not born here they should not be victimised Many businesses in Borehamwood are owned by foreigners first 2nd or third generation The Mayor of London was born in USA and his ancestors are from Turkey Ed Milliband comes from stock not born in this country Nick Clegg also from foreign stock david Burcombe
  • Score: -9

1:49am Sun 25 May 14

studio70. says...

david Burcombe wrote:
It seems mr Eni did the right thing he consulted the council first. Before slating this gentleman people should check their facts first I may or may not subscribe to his political views but rampant racism will be reported.What some people forget it is immigrants to this country that put great in to Britain. Thanks to people of foreign birth came to the aid of England in our war against the Nazi party of Germany. In the great fire of London 1666 may people were saved thanks to the intervention of a Dutchman. Throughout history people of foreign birth have come to the aid of our country. Just because somebody was not born here they should not be victimised Many businesses in Borehamwood are owned by foreigners first 2nd or third generation The Mayor of London was born in USA and his ancestors are from Turkey Ed Milliband comes from stock not born in this country Nick Clegg also from foreign stock
Question is did they get permission or approval? Not whether they consulted.
As for any racist inference in threads I agree that that is totally unacceptable, however we do hear it often said that newer arrivals to this land have an excuse due to not understanding the rules and I say this as the product of proud immigrant parents
[quote][p][bold]david Burcombe[/bold] wrote: It seems mr Eni did the right thing he consulted the council first. Before slating this gentleman people should check their facts first I may or may not subscribe to his political views but rampant racism will be reported.What some people forget it is immigrants to this country that put great in to Britain. Thanks to people of foreign birth came to the aid of England in our war against the Nazi party of Germany. In the great fire of London 1666 may people were saved thanks to the intervention of a Dutchman. Throughout history people of foreign birth have come to the aid of our country. Just because somebody was not born here they should not be victimised Many businesses in Borehamwood are owned by foreigners first 2nd or third generation The Mayor of London was born in USA and his ancestors are from Turkey Ed Milliband comes from stock not born in this country Nick Clegg also from foreign stock[/p][/quote]Question is did they get permission or approval? Not whether they consulted. As for any racist inference in threads I agree that that is totally unacceptable, however we do hear it often said that newer arrivals to this land have an excuse due to not understanding the rules and I say this as the product of proud immigrant parents studio70.
  • Score: 8

1:55am Sun 25 May 14

Unsullied says...

'It seems mr Eni did the right thing he consulted the council first'

Really? He's been doing it for years and for most of that time before putting down the so called eco friendly matting.

Please show me one racist statement I have made Mr Burcombe.

I believe on this matter Mr Burcombes view has been distorted by Mr Eni being a supporter of Mr Burcombes pet project.
'It seems mr Eni did the right thing he consulted the council first' Really? He's been doing it for years and for most of that time before putting down the so called eco friendly matting. Please show me one racist statement I have made Mr Burcombe. I believe on this matter Mr Burcombes view has been distorted by Mr Eni being a supporter of Mr Burcombes pet project. Unsullied
  • Score: 6

2:06am Sun 25 May 14

Unsullied says...

Diversity one, a fully mature adult is able to hold his or her hand up and admit that they have got something wrong.

In your case it was accusing me of of making slanderous allegations regards Mr Eni and his parking arrangements. It would appear that this report backs up what I posted, regardless of what spin you may put on Mr Eni's inconsiderate parking habits.
Diversity one, a fully mature adult is able to hold his or her hand up and admit that they have got something wrong. In your case it was accusing me of of making slanderous allegations regards Mr Eni and his parking arrangements. It would appear that this report backs up what I posted, regardless of what spin you may put on Mr Eni's inconsiderate parking habits. Unsullied
  • Score: 8

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