"Lake Grounds Residents' & Friends' Association"
By thurti365 | Friday, February 08, 2013, 13:25
Quite apart from someone not understanding the rules of the apostrophe, I am curious about this group that is sending leaflets out to residents in the Lake Grounds area (exact numbers are not known)and which is supported by the local Ward Councillor. The content of the leaflet refers to a 'survey' by the Ward Councillor about the skatepark application for the Lake Grounds that he has told the "Association" disputes the planning consultation results. However, the council website is clear that a majority of residents supported the skatepark at the Lake Grounds. Residents have asked previously for evidence of this personal survey by the Ward councillor who firmly apposed the application, yet the councillor has never been able to provide it to them. Why not? Residents in the councillor's Ward objected to not having received one of his personal surveys and not being able to voice support for the Wheels Park. The Ward councillor also refused to release details to a local resident as to whom he actually delivered his survey? Why not?
Someone has asked legitimately if any resident or friend can join the association. The answer to begin with was yes. Then the Association was asked if anyone from outside the lakegrounds could be a member and friend? The answer to begin with was again yes. Then the Association was asked if anyone who supported the wheels park at the lakegrounds could be a member and friend? Oh dear, the answer was "We have not yet decided on the set up of the Association". Strange that because when asked at the beginning how long the Association had been going, a member quoted on the leaflet said, "It has been been in place informally for a little while". When asked how to join, the member could not say. Strangely the member also reiterated that David Pasley was a "firm opposer" of the skatepark and the "Association" is meeting to discuss the town council meeting next Wednesday and how to tackle those in support of the skatepark.
I am a supporter of democracy and from reading the skatepark/wheels park saga (I do not profess to be an expert), there is clear evidence the skatepark should win consent. Bleating about the issue after the event and conducting personal surveys that are not open and transparent, is sour grapes. Conducting survey after survey just in the hope the outcome may change to opposition of the skatepark is appalling.