Tesco fight isn't over, say Dartford duo

Protesters want hearing despite Charity Tribunal's claim that it is powerless to halt the development

The two Dartford residents who are appealing against the Charity Commission's decision to rubberstamp the illegal sale of charitable land by their local council have vowed to fight on despite the Charity Tribunal's announcement that it has no power to overturn the sale.

The appeal was launched in April after the commission concluded that the sale of a section of the Kidd Legacy land, of which Dartford Borough Council in Kent is the sole trustee, had breached charity law but was in the best interests of the charity because the proceeds would pay for the upkeep of the rest of the land.

But a preliminary ruling published on the tribunal's website says its statutory powers do not extend to setting aside land transactions.

Derek Maidment, one of the claimants, said: "We still want a hearing so we can explain what we know to be the case."

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