IN YOUR article 'Club hopes for private ground' (Harrow Observer, August 7) the Reverend Stephen Keeble is quoted as saying that St George's playing field 'is too small for cricket, as stated in our design statement, and is not a safe option'.
It really is a funny old world he lives in. Cricket was played on St George's playing field by St George's Cricket Club for nearly 80 years until the church forced them out. This was of course sanctioned by the very same vicar and church who now say that St George's playing field is too small and unsafe for cricket.
As reported in the same article, Harrow St Mary's Cricket Club is keen to buy the field to play cricket on. They have looked at this very carefully and are quite satisfied that it is suitable for this purpose and satisfies all the necessary conditions to play cricket.
I wonder who is the most knowledgable about this matter: the longstanding and reputable cricket club or the anonymous unsourced author of the 'design statement'? In any case Mr Keeble is really missing the point. If St George's playing field was not suitable for cricket - it certainly is suitable - then it would certainly be suitable for other sports for which the borough has an overall shortage of pitches. He should also realise that quite rightly there are very strict conditions on building on playing fields, whether they are in public or private ownership.
I would say to Mr Keeble that the truth is sometimes difficult to acknowledge, and I wonder if some true Christian humility might not be called for here. I and my colleagues are very willing to assist him in any way we can.
COUNCILLOR BILL STEPHENSON
Headstone South Ward