At last the results from the Gunnersbury Park consultation are up on the Hounslow website for all to see, see here. I will reserve any comments I have for the meeting of the Joint Advisory Panel (details here). It is a shame the results have taken so long to emerge. The consultation was open until the end of September and the decision was taken to analyse and try to understand the many comments that were submitted with the responses. Something like two thirds of people made comments so it was thought to be important to analyse them and get a sense of them. It was hoped to get the Advisory Board together in October but the earliest they all, or at least most of them, could get together was Monday next week, hence the delay. We can now stop speculating and start discussing the actual figures. Enjoy.
Comments by Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum Chairman, James Wisdom, on the Ealing Today website on Tuesday have not been very helpful. One is tempted to say “With friends like this …” Nine tenths of what Wisdom says is nonsense. He is wrong to say that Hounslow have not been kept informed and he is wrong to say that Ealing has changed its mind.
Ealing’s Conservative administration has always had problems with the idea of building on the park. It is not what we got into power to do. There are many, including officers of both authorities, English Heritage and the Hounslow administration who might see this idea as a “Get out of jail free” card. This was not the view of Ealing Council. To underline this we issued the following statement to the press on April 8th before this whole process kicked off:
The concept of enabling development is extremely unattractive to our borough to the point of being unacceptable.