|Residents at White City Community Centre|
|Hammersmith Park - part of the green lungs of our city|
|Barry Hunter - under pressure|
The general tone of the meeting was this: how is it that local residents' associations were not consulted about an issue of such local importance? Few residents' associations had heard about the plans in time to offer a view. For my part, the first I heard of it was in Rotten Boroughs in Private Eye in January of this year.
|Private Eye, January 2014|
Almost all the people at the meeting appeared to be opposed to the plans, which are in the process of tearing out the old sports facilities at the park, and replacing them with new football pitches, only a few of which will be free for local residents. The majority of the pitches must be paid for.
|How It Will Look|
There were, to be fair, a few voices in support. A couple of young men in their late teens or early twenties voiced their support for the plan, which will bring them the opportunity to play football on much better facilities, some of which would be for the use of the local community for free. They also pointed out that such pitches help to "get young people off the streets". Their voice was, however, very much in the minority, but even those who opposed the Play Football plans did sympathise with the need to provide good facilities for young people to play sports.
So will Play Football enforce the contract against such strong local opposition? Or will they, as local residents seem to want, go back to the planning stage and fully consult local residents?
To read more about Play Football's plans, see this post here at ShepherdsbushW12.com. To visit Play Football's official site, follow this link.