greenbelt’s response to scottish government consultation – maintenance of land on private housing estates

Greenbelt has provided a hard-hitting and frank set of responses to The Scottish Government discussion of options for the maintenance of open spaces on private housing estates.

The consultation closed on 06 June and all responses are due to be published on its website; but you can read for yourself the Greenbelt response here.

Our response points out a failure to understand key issues by The Scottish Government, Office of Fair Trading, and Consumer Focus Scotland. For example, the use of the term "switching" fails to grasp that each customer signs a legally binding agreement to contribute to a fair and equal cost of the management and maintenance of the development open spaces, as one part of a whole development. This is NOT like an energy supplier, insurance provider, or bank, where a customer can choose to change from one business to another. The issue is to "dismiss, transfer ownership and replace". A further example is that Greenbelt is a land owner, but the document fails to demonstrate how the proposed legislation would affect ownership.