Petition update

Private invitations to open a public garden? Tomorrow 11am-12pm at Worcester Park library.

Richard Johnson
Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Jul 31, 2015 — Back in February, in objection to the 'Library Garden' I took the views of 174 email objectors and 50 more hard copy objectors along to Sutton Council's planning committee meeting.

There, our opinions were dismissed, and I was informed that the library garden had secured 96% support of the community. No evidence to support this claim was provided then or since: In fact, (noting that one supporter went to the trouble of two letters of support), I can only find 7 letters of support for the planning application. This is against 224 objectors, which funnily enough, this suggests just over 96% were against.

However, ever since the planning committee rubber stamped the planning application, reduced parking places and imposed a library garden, ever since, I've wondered who this 96% actually were...

Hopefully, all will be revealed tomorrow, when between 11am and midday, an apparently very exclusive proportion of our community has been invited to the official (private) opening of the (public) library garden.

This evening, I asked the garden's overlooked residents and nearest traders if they'd been invited and everywhere, got the same answer, "what opening?"

I don't think I need comment further, except to say, if you are there at 11 am -12 noon, as one of the many uninvited guests, who will be stationery in traffic or searching for a (now reduced in number) parking place, and caught in a pollution belching gridlocked traffic...

...those Councillors responsible for this library garden (and presumably, the mysterious 96% of the community) should be on hand to hear your opinions, should you wish to make them known...

...see you there!


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