Recent statements in this category are shown below:
Statement Upheld Land 28-Jun-2019
Summary: Mrs X has complained about how the Council has dealt with her request to purchase land protected as part of a proposed highway scheme. There is evidence of fault by the Council. It has agreed to a suitable remedy for the injustice caused.
Statement Not upheld Land 26-Jun-2019
Summary: Mr Y complains the Council have failed to respond to his claim for compensation under the Land Compensation Act 1973 for four years. The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint as it is unlikely we would find fault, or any investigation would lead to a different outcome. Also, the Land Tribunal is better placed to consider the complaint and Mr Y has brought the complaint late, without good reason.
Statement Not upheld Land 29-May-2019
Summary: Mr D complains the Council did not give his parents the opportunity to purchase a property adjacent to theirs. The Ombudsman will not investigate further. This is because the complaint is late and the Ombudsman is unable to achieve the outcome Mr D wants.
Statement Not upheld Land 09-Apr-2019
Summary: Mr B says the Council failed to take action when Members breached the code of conduct. There is no evidence of fault in how the Council considered that matter.
Statement Not upheld Land 08-Apr-2019
Summary: The investigation of this complaint should be discontinued as the Ombudsman cannot make a judgement on a legal point to decide if the Council wrongly served a planning notice.
Statement Not upheld Land 26-Mar-2019
Summary: Ms X complained about the Council's failure to respond properly to her claim about damage to her garden caused by council officers. The complaint is not within the Ombudsman's jurisdiction because Ms X started court action against the council so we have discontinued our investigation.
Statement Upheld Land 26-Mar-2019
Summary: Mr and Mrs B complain about the Council's sale of land near their house to a neighbour which they say means they have lost the opportunity of the use the land and are concerned about private access rights. The Ombudsman has found delay by the Council but considers the apology the Council has already provided is enough to provide a suitable remedy.
Statement Not upheld Land 25-Mar-2019
Summary: Mr X complains the Council was at fault in the way it carried out public consultation over a decision to dispose of Open Space Land. And in the way it recorded the result of a statutory public consultation period. The Ombudsman has found no evidence of fault in the way the Council considered these matters.
Statement Not upheld Land 14-Mar-2019
Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate Mr C's complaint there was fault in the way the Council reached its decisions regarding the sale of a piece of land. This is because we cannot at this stage assess the extent of Mr C's injustice.
Statement Upheld Land 22-Jan-2019
Summary: It was not fault for the Council to seek to register its ownership of a piece of land between Mr X's property and land leased to Mr X by the Council. There were faults by the Council in the Land Registry and Tribunal processes which caused avoidable delay, time and trouble to Mr X, which require a remedy. There was no Council fault by officers not applying its 'Asset Disposal Policy' when discussing the sale of land to Mr X.