Just seen that the council are to start charging for the car park at Gunnersbury. Is this the final straw for the bowls club?
peter king ● 125d11 Comments
Unspeakable Cronyism and siding against the public by several councillors and two senior council officers.So blatant that it underlines just how warped and manipulated our democracy has become.We are all to blame as we keep on blindly voting these people in and the links between this breed of politician and authority executives are too closed and unhealthy.An Ealing Officer whose CV boast about his commitment to Sport for All and inclusiveness and the promotion of less prominent sport has had a big hand in this without being answerable to anyone.Not the first time either.
Raymond Havelock ● 113d
An almost identical planning application was refused In April 2020. The current proposal was recommended for refusal at Hounslow Planning Committee in January 2021, when the Committee resolved to defer their decision "to allow for the masterplan for Gunnersbury Park to be presented". The latest officer report recommends approval without mentioning the revised masterplan. This must be because the masterplan, which will be subject to community consultation, has yet to be published. The compelling planning reasons for refusing this application remain unchanged from those that obtained in April 2020. Consistency in decision-making is one of the pillars in securing public confidence in the operation of the planning system.
Jim Storrar ● 120d
So Hounslow Planning reverse another of their own recommendations (along with that on parking in GP) and probably kill off the bowling amenity. If a councillor hadn't interfered (did someone tell him to?) and 'called in' (unusual, particularly for a comparatively small matter) the original recommendation to refuse Putt in the Park's application, bowling would have continued and the CIC would have found an alternative spot in this huge park for the crazy golf.Instead, after massive delay and despite the enormous support of the community (including a 620-name petition)to keep bowling in the park, Hounslow Planning now recommend approval of the application and have thought up some form of weasel words to try to justify their U-turn. So what happened to contravening Policy CLI of the Hounslow Local Plan - loss of D2 community facility and the council's Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy? What went on in the background, away from our eyes: bullying, coercion, threats?We should not be surprised. We have become used to being governed by incompetent liars, who indulge in brazen and shameless corruption and cronyism (Putt in the Park got the gig through mates in the councils, it did not go out to tender as is required) and we just shrug our shoulders as if to say 'What do you expect?' It is not surprising if the national filters down to the local. We are dictated to by councils deaf to their residents and an arrogant and autocratic CIC which has nothing but disdain and contempt for the community whose interests it's supposed to represent and who will not tolerate any challenge to its will.And we have no one to appeal to, no one on our side because no one has the backbone and the integrity to call out these outrageous abuses of power.
bela cunha ● 121d
In their marketing spiel they create a scenario of how fortunate that the park remains free to access for local people.How lucky we are.At the end of the day it's the idiots at ealing and Hounslow who have created a Frankensteins monster - withy the same characteristics as themselves.
Raymond Havelock ● 123d
Gunnersbury Park is rubbish now. It’s about a 15 minute walk for me but I’d never dream of going there these days. Used to use it a lot over the years but the way it’s now being socially remodelled is appalling. The trouble is, if they need revenue that badly they will price out potential local park users. Eventually some of these schemes will fail.
Simon Hayes ● 124d
If you look at the proposals they are the most vile form of discrimination against the older members of community and those with mobility limitations.The park management want a trendy middle class image and their spending £££££ for the 'exclusiveness' of the park.Ordinary public amenities at low cost are not a consideration in their rather warped mindset.The parking is just another example.The obsession with the museum and buildings with no real public use and the little clique that it serves is another.But the vile blackmail for registered disabled users and those who are not such but have the restrictions of older age is disgusting. You have to make a purchase..in an already over priced Park and use a touchscreen. Have they any idea how difficult that is for people with limitations? I think they clearly do and it's just another ploy to force people they don't really want in the park out.If Hounslow pass this it is a travesty. The fact that Ealing and Hounslow Officers have had a hand in this but remain silent and evasive on these matters, is equally of concern.The whole Gunnersbury Saga stinks. Back door privatisation and appalling management.
Raymond Havelock ● 124d