I RECENTLY received a leaflet advertising an apple day on the south side of Bedfont Lakes Country Park.
I was pleased to attend the event as I have never been inside the south side of the park, even though it is only a five-minute walk from my doorstep.
I was amazed to find it is a very large, well maintained and beautiful area of parkland. It has an apple orchard and a fine lake.
I was told by stallholders at the event that this was the first time the park had been opened to the public since the last apple day event two years ago. At all other times it is locked up and protected by security fencing.
I was told that there have been several reasons given for the closure of the park but the most recent is that it is the exclusive preserve of a commercial organisation that provides training to divers in the park's lake.
Can this reason be really true? I was under the impression that this park had been given to Hounslow by the original developer for the use of the public in exchange for permission to build a trading estate next to the park.
I would like to know by what right Hounslow Council denies access to this lovely area of parkland to its residents.
This situation is unacceptable and moves should be made immediately to open this park up, as our green spaces are a vital part of a community.
DEBBIE RUNGE Ashford Road