"More London submitted a planning application to fill in The Rill on 22 May, but it was not valid as no fee was paid," replied Cllr Johnson Situ, Southwark Labour cabinet member for growth, development and planning.
"The council has therefore not given permission for this work to take place.
"However, St Martins Property Group, who own and manage More London, have filled in The Rill water feature – which was installed at the time of the development of More London – citing immediate health and safety concerns.
"Now that an application has been received, the council is considering this as is our duty.
"However, officers are also seeking to negotiate with the owners to ensure that a water feature is re-provided in a format that resolves health and safety issues and means that people can continue to enjoy The Rill."
Why does no local council in the land have the guts to stand up to the big property owners? NO proper application was received. NO permission was given to infill the Rill. So, an immediate order should be issued to the owners to reinstate the Rill. THEN the owners must reinstate it at their own expense. THEN and only then can they apply for permission to fill it in again!