The Court of Appeal ordered Hospodarnyk LLC to return Sovsky ponds with an area of more than 19 hectares worth nearly 22 million dollars to the Kyiv City Council. This was reported by the press service of the Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office.
The owner of Hospodarnyk LLC is a member of the Kyiv City Council from the European Solidarity party Ihor Balenko. The company received almost 20 hectares of a green area for rent in 2008 under the obligation to equip a park with ponds and build a mall within three years.
“Since 2008, the company has not started building on the disputed land plot in violation of current legislation and the land lease agreement. Thus, it has deprived the local community of the opportunity to obtain a facility that will promote the development of recreational infrastructure in Kyiv,” the prosecutor's office said.
In 2018, the company began to promote a plan for housing in the area (8 houses, a school for 1,000 students, and kindergartens for 280-300 children, and a green area), which attracted the attention of activists. Locals oppose the construction, demanding the revitalization of ponds and the creation of an eco-park in this area. The incident was undertaken by the capital's prosecutor's office. It terminated the lease agreement with Hospodarnyk through Kyiv Economic Court in February 2019. 19 hectares of the land was transferred to the local community.
At the beginning of June, activists of the Sovsky ponds community presented the concept of preserving Sovsky ponds without construction. It includes the construction of a water park for Kyiv residents throughout the lower ponds.