A Quiet Walk On Hoogstraaten's Esate
Grauniad journalist takes a stroll into the heart of darkness with Kate Ashbrook of the RA
Posted: 25 July 2002
The Guardian has been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of
convicted millionaire businessman and rambler hater Nicholas van
In today's G2, journalist Stuart Jeffries takes a stroll through
Hoogie's East Sussex estate with the Ramblers' Association's Kate
Ashbrook. She, apparently, wants it to be known that she found van
Hoogstraten 'unfailingly polite and courteous'. Hmmm, wonder why.
Less amusingly, the paper reports that Ashbrook reckons she's
spent some £30,000 of her own money on a legal battle to get the
footpath running through van Hoogstraten's estate cleared of the
obstructions - including barbed wire, industrial refrigerator units
and a huge corrugated barn - which he placed across the path.
Ashbrook is currently taking legal action against East Sussex
council in an attempt to force them to clear the obstructions to the
original path as ordered by the court. Meanwhile there is a diversion
in place. An interesting read and a shame the media didn't take the
situation seriously until van Hoogstraten was convicted.
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