MAKE ME WHITE CITY PARK/GREEN OR ? THE CHOICE IS YOURS !
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Do you know what your local park in White City is called ? It's called Hammersmith Park even though it is no where near Hammersmith main streets, shops, flyover or Bridge. WIKIPEDIA actually lists it as Shepherds Bush and as we already have a Green there l think it's perfectly reasonable to have our park called White City.
It is after all on the edge of our Estate. It is also set near all the developers boards announcing new homes, hotels, leisure facilities and shops at White City living and White City Place. People come to work here via White City Tube station. Imperial have named their innovative ground breaking new campus, at the top of Wood lane, White City.
" WHITE CITY PARK "is a 1.4 mile walk from Hammersmith Town Hall on King St . IT TAKES WELL OVER 20 MINUTES TO GET TO HAMMERSMITH ON FAIRLY SWIFT FEET !!
We have other aptly named parks and open spaces in the area. Wormholt Park near Wormholt Estate and Wormwood Scrubs by Wormwood Prison/ Old Oak Estate. Ravenscourt Park is considered to be the Boroughs flagship park, yet it bears it's geographic location name. Why has our rich heritage of the White Pavilions from the Great Exhibitions of 1908 to 1910 been overlooked, not to mention the Olympics and Commonwealth games. I have no idea how it came to be named Hammersmith but l believe this is an opportune point in time to have it changed. Other names in the hat are White City Green ( the Nextdoor app has already created a neighbourhood for the new residential developments), Wood Lane or the popular non geographic Television Park ( echoes of its nickname BBC Park). This is in harmony with its later 20 th & 21st Century incarnation as the nearest picnic space for BBC workers. Now the newly revamped Television Centre with its hotel, shops, restaurants, bars, media studios and flats overlooking the park can still regard the park as a fantastic outdoor recreation space. It's greener than planting on concrete and it's mature trees provide welcome shade and clean air.
So what will your signature do ?
We can ask our council to take a name change proposal seriously, amend the borough maps and website. We can urge our MP Andy Slaughter and ward Councillors Colin Aherne, Max Schmid, and Sue McMillan to assist. I can request Google to verify its new name as a local guide level 9. I am acknowledged in the top 1% of top London guided. We can then proudly direct people to their own park, not a satellite of Hammersmith.
To date February 2019, we have 231 signatures. By my estimation we need at least 500 to get the powers that be to take us more seriously, just 250 to bring it to the Cabinet members listed on the decision maker list. Every resident living in Batman Close, Wood Lane, along South Africa Road, Loftus Road, Frithville Gardens and on White City Estate is eligible to sign, students and staff at Imperial College and the White City campus of the Royal college of Art, visitors past and present,... and of course all those who work in the area that regularly use this wonderful green space. Imagine if they did ! It would be a loud declaration of pride in where we live and a powerful claim of honourary ownership of our park.
So you see every signature gets us nearer to that great vision and helps create a genuine 21st legacy for our children and grandchildren. We are not a satellite of Hammersmith. We want to play and picnic in a park that is called WHITE CITY, or a name chosen by a popular democratic vote.
I PROMISE YOU A RELAUNCH OF THE PARK WORTHY OF ITS NEW NAME whatever that turns out to be. A non geographic but fitting one has been thrown into the mix.... TELEVISION PARK ! I think everyone would love that.
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