Since 1985 the council have rented, under licence, 283sqm of land to the rear of our garden. The previous occupiers maintained it to a high level until we purchased the house from them in July 2000 and equally maintain the land to a high standard. It is very much an integral part of our family garden.
We have requested to buy the land from the council every year, as did our predecessors. The council simply refused to sell it to us for no specific reason.
One month ago we read in the local press that the council were going to auction off pieces of land around our area one of which is our garden we rent.
We feel we should have had first option to buy once the land has been independently valued. If at this point we find we can't afford it or indeed don't wish to keep it then and only then should it go to auction.
There is a problem as the neighbours to the rear of the garden have also been trying to buy the land we rent and maintain.
If this auction goes a head the council will be complicit in pitching neighbour against neighbour which will only lead to animosity and dis-harmony between us.
And what can we do to keep the land as our garden?
Do we have any rights to prevent the auction from happening?