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RVC plea to respect site boundaries and land

The RVC site
The RVC wants legal boundaries respected
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The Royal Veterinary College has called on its neighbours and local ramblers to respect its property and help protect the site.

The plea comes in a note to this site’s forum in which a spokesperson said the RVC was saddened by certain incidents, which came to light following a recent inspection.

According to the RVC, the issues causing most concern include ...

  • Some drains which seem to have been diverted towards its land discharging, amongst other things, swimming pool cleansing chemicals etc
  • Quantities of garden rubbish thrown on RVC land
  • Cupressus cuttings, old apples, and other garden waste being dumped on RVC land, all of which, the RVC says, are not conducive to animals' health
  • Trees on RVC land being lopped and topped, without consultation with the RVC or its consent
  • Some ramblers walking abreast through new plantings, rather than keeping to the public right of way. The RVC claims one family group was seen walking side-by-side treading a 20-foot swathe through the new plantings.
The RVC says some of its land abuts that of some private houses.

Where that happens the standard practice, according to the RVC, is to erect stockproof fencing on the RVC Land, and slightly within it, and away from the legal boundary.

According to the RVC, this is to prevent undue damage to the legal boundary and provide a field-margin habitat.

The RVC says that, in a number of cases, some neighbours appear to have removed the fencing/hedging of the legal boundary to try to make use of RVC land.

The RVC has called on all its neighbours to desist from any of the activities, listed above, in order to restore the correct legal boundary.

The RVC recently invited the public to a seminar on the site to set out and explain its plans for the future of the campus.

John Fisher, the Estates Manager, used a the diagram. submitted with the outline planning application. and a brochure, published by the RVC, to explain the need to expand.

At that meeting, held on 21 March, some residents of nearby Hawkshead Lane were vociferous in their opinion that even the development works currently underway were not to their liking.

The public has until 25 April to send written observations to the Chief Planning Officer at Welwyn Hatfield District Council (WHDC).

The authority says the plans can be viewed at the WHDC offices in Welwyn Garden City between 9am and 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and between 9am and 4.45pm on Fridays.

You can discuss the issue of the RVC's boundaries in this site's forum.

There is also a separate discussion thread underway about the RVC's latest development plans, also in this site's forum.

1 April 2003

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