Keep the Tree House in Arundel Square
  • Petitioned London Borough of Islington

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London Borough of Islington

Keep the Tree House in Arundel Square

    1. Nigel Thornton
    2. Petition by

      Nigel Thornton

      London, United Kingdom

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There is a danger that the tree house in Arundel Square will be removed.
Some local residents have complained about it.
Unfortunately, Islington Council failed to follow due process when they put it up. As a result, officers and councillors are now reviewing whether the tree house can stay. This is even though the plans for Arundel Square's redevelopment always included a tree house. And the community around Arundel Square was consulted extensively as these plans were being drawn up.
Since it was installed, the tree house has become a focus for play and enjoyment by children from all over the area.
At a recent planning meeting, 80 letters of support were received, against only 17 letters of objection. But no decision has yet been taken.
We the undersigned want the Tree House kept.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Report in the Gazette about last weekend's damage

      Nigel Thornton
      Petition Organizer

      Dear all

      Take a look at the report that has just gone up on the Islington Gazette's website about the damage last weekend to the treehouse.

      http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/mysterious_vandalism_of_holloway_treehouse_put_down_to_sabotage_1_1531063

      Thanks so much to those who have taken action so far. WE'VE NOT WON YET.

      The council have asked that we submit our petition by the 5th so that it can form part of the evidence used by officers when they make their submission to the Planning Committee.

      Let's get as many signatures over the next week as we can to secure the future of this fantastic resource for the community.

      Nigel

    3. Vandalism of the Tree House Fixed

      Nigel Thornton
      Petition Organizer

      Dear all,

      Leo Murray of Monkey-Do (the people who built the tree house) had to come to the square today (Saturday 22nd) to replace the bolts that hold the climbing net to the platform.

      Someone had removed all but two, making the net look from a distance like it was still in place, but actually meaning it was unsafe.

      To do this would have required an allen key, a spanner and considerable strength (the nuts were nylon-lined locking nuts). It would have been a deliberate and specific act. There was no sign of the bots or nuts. They'd been taken away.

      Everything is sorted now and the tree house as sound as ever.

      All a bit odd. As Rapids Johnson says, "Keep 'em peeled".

      Nigel

    4. Reached 300 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Simon Law LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have a 4 year old.

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    • Zoe Adjey ISLINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is a valuable and innovative play space that provides children with an interesting and imaginative place to play. How dare people in this borough object to children playing!

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    • Bruno Hare LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      All kids love it, and most adults do, so why get rid of it just to placate the curmudgeonly few?

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    • Mary Jo Clogg LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      It is a precious part of the outside space that local children, such as my grandchildren, often living in confined housing spaces, can enjoy.

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    • Teresa Holden LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Children need more opportunities to climb and scramble and play together outdoors in the city. This is a public park and should be child-orientated as well as adult orientated: both should expect to share. This gives children something to climb and scramble over, to meet friends in, to spend time outdoors on

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