Dartford Borough Council illegal land sale case commences

Charity tribunal case brought by residents

The two Dartford residents who are appealing against the Charity Commission's decision to rubber stamp the illegal sale of charitable land by their local council began their case at the charity tribunal yesterday.

The hearing, which is scheduled to last for five days, is proceeding despite the tribunal's earlier announcement that it has no power to overturn the sale, as the appellants had originally wanted it to do.

Derek Maidment, one of the claimants, said the pair still wanted a hearing about the sale, which could lead to a number of homes and a Tesco store being built on the land.

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.

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