PUBLIC outrage continues over the matter of building on our green spaces. Gunnersbury Park is turning into a battleground as vote-ready political promises offer little more than a stalemate.
Ealing Council has offered to put its hands in its pockets towards the regeneration of the manor houses - co-managed by Hounslow Council, who claim to have holes in theirs. How could it be expected that opposing councils could possibly let flowers grow in beautiful abandon?
The suggestion from councillor Andrew Dakers is pushed on the public to suggest a third way. But with a previous sham of a public survey aiming to display a majority of participants in favour of chopping down trees rather than see the manor houses fall to the ground, how can the public's voice be heard beyond such scandalous bypasses of justice swathed in a cloak of legal bureaucracy?
So far, the councils have commissioned a Scottish management firm to advise, perhaps on advice of Laing, the park's property management company, who would benefit from
an increase in building maintenance, or perhaps the long-established Friends of Gunnersbury, who have been fundamental in the consultancy process.
The committee's chairman, James Wisdom, is aggravating the STIG lobby group, with key members calling him a 'dreadful little man' - perhaps due to a clear conflict of interest in evidence owing to his partner Val Bott, a local historian, who is an adviser for the advance of multiple museum projects and most likely to have had previous involvement with English Heritage, whom they are keen to schmooze to in a bid to expand the crumbling Gunnersbury Museum, the main focus of FroG's concerns.
Again, it appears the Gunnersbury Museum is in the centre of the debate, with excessively expensive storage facilities and their desire to expand to the modern age. But at the sacrifice of boats on lakes, 5.4acres of Lionel Road Woods, pitch and putt, and turning parkland into car parks, surely a modern museum should be answerable to sustainability as much as it is suggested a park is?