Told by a respectable local, that a “reliable source” told their spouse, “that Wycombe House has been offered £6m for the site”, I had a long telephone conversation with Mr Kevin Grindrod, Honorary Secretary of this, one of the long established sports and social clubs in Osterley and Spring Grove Ward, also founder participants in the Osterley Sports Network.
I know that all undeveloped space in our Ward, regardless of its mainly Metropolitan Open Land status, is coveted by developers and their mates. When, as the 55th Mayor, Wycombe House kindly hosted my charity cricket match, one of those mates was keen to learn, “who owns it?”.
To clarify his response to the £6m, I asked Kevin to drop me a line to share with those who had raised this, along with others, and he responded thus,
As per a couple of conversations can I categorically state that no purchase approach has been made to the Club nor has there ever been any intention of selling.
In fact, we’re beefing up our constitution and Trustees to ensure the Club remains as is. I explained this to you. Below is a digest of part of my General Secretary report for tomorrow’s (13.4.2022) Management Committee.
“Finally, I had a call from Tony Louki yesterday who had been contacted to be informed that the Club had been sold. I did assure him that it was completely false. Indeed, the whole point of the project I’ve just outlined above is designed to ensure we remain an independent, volunteer, not for profit unincorporated members’ club. Have any of you heard anything similar?”
I hope this puts various minds at rest. I suspect there’s some pre–election mischief going on?”
Seems like Kevin may have hit the nail on the head. Some folk must be desperate using the development bogey man at a time like this.
Our residents already know that their Osterley and Spring Grove Ward Councillors will stick our necks out to always support them against the inappropriate.