I am disappointed that the skate park “bitter enders” are still trying to undermine the council’s proposals to put a skate park in Elthorne Park. Jill Evans, of Coldershaw Road, wrote in last week’s Gazette to say:
Mr Taylor’s letter, typically selective on facts, alleges his consultation produced a favourable response for a skatepark to be placed in Elthorne Park. It did not. As usual this council’s consultation results were predetermined by the careful selection of questions asked and not asked.
Ms Evans does not like democracy it seems. The results are clear and were published by the council here. She and others believe that they can win their argument by rubbishing our consultation exercise. It merely demonstrates that they have lost the argument. It is clear that Ms Evans thinks that the residents of Townholme Crescent should have a veto about what goes on in the park. I am sorry but this is unrealistic. The majority of Ms Evans’s neighbours want the park to go ahead. It is a shame she can’t accept their opinion.
Ms Evans laughably tries to create dividing lines between people who live side by side. According to her she is a “have not” but if you go to the end of her road where it turns into Midhurst Road and enters the Northfield ward I represent suddenly people become “haves” and live in the “privileged Ealing area”. The map below shows that Northfield ward actually abuts Elthorne park, see full version here.
It is worth noting that we have made a decision to go ahead. But, the next step for the project to go through planning. It is up to the planners and Ealing’s parks people to come up with a workable, credible solution that addresses the concerns that have been raised in the consultation process. The public will have a proper opportunity to contribute and I am sure that we will end up with a successful project which most people are happy with, most of the time.