West Town Lane Hoops


Jos and Andrew wrote the following letter to residents,

You may have been surprised to see the bright yellow, metal hoops which appeared almost overnight on the small green on West Town Lane. We were as surprised as you as the council neglected to inform your local councillor about the project and also failed to consult local residents to seek their views before commencing with the project. 

 

Dear Resident,

You may have been surprised to see the bright yellow, metal hoops which appeared almost overnight on the small green on West Town Lane. We were as surprised as you as the council neglected to inform your local councillor about the project and also failed to consult local residents to seek their views before commencing with the project. 

We have already spoken to a number of local people and the general consensus seems to be that the hoops are unattractive, unnecessary and a waste of money, and we are inclined to agree with them. We also met members of the Parks Department who told us that the hoops will make it difficult to get their mowers on site to cut the grass! 

As a result, we instructed the private contractors undertaking the work to temporarily stop working on the project until we had a chance to speak to council officers.

We have now met a council officer to discuss the way forward. There are four options: 

  1. Leave the hoops in place. 
  2. Remove the hoops and reinstate the grass as before. 
  3. Replace the hoops with less visually-intrusive concrete or wooden posts. 
  4. Tarmac the area and turn it into a car park.

We would like to invite you to tell us your preference, or if you have another option, let us know. We will then feed this information back to the council so that we can get a scheme that is supported by a majority of local residents. 

If local residents opt to keep the green space, which is our personal preference, it might well be possible to look at improving the area by planting more trees or even planting a small wild flower meadow. 

Please let us have your feedback by Friday 22 January, ideally by email: [email protected]

 or you can drop off a note at 2, Callington Road.


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