Published: 00:00, 15 August 2014 |
Updated: 15:45, 15 August 2014
The Conservative MP for Dover and Deal says he wanted to buy the 0.39 acre area to restore and give back to the community.
The Labour councillor said: “It has not been on the open market and he wants to come along and buy it for £1,000. That is a disgrace.
“It’s land that is adjacent to his own property with nice sea views.”
Mr Elphicke denied the claims, saying he wanted to do something positive for the area.
He said: “Without checking the facts they have created a row. I wanted to do this so that people had a place to have a picnic. I’m dismayed that the Labour party want to make an issue out of it. Because of the Labour Party the area remains overgrown and unusable.”
Cllr Cowan claims the idea to restore the land to a public picnic area was only mentioned once Mr Elphicke was ‘found out’.
But Mr Elphicke denies this, claiming it was always the plan to restore the picnic area.
“I found him out and he is covering it up.
“If it goes on the open market at the going rate and he would like to contribute or give the funds to the parish council he could contribute to the community at the same time as being the local MP.
“If he is looking to do a community asset project then that would be brilliant but that has never come up until recently.”
The MP said he will not now be buying the land.
The council has not confirmed what will happen with the area.
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