Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Poor Shepherd's Bush Green - The Funfair is Back

Once again, spare a thought for poor Shepherd's Bush Green - the funfair is returning for two weeks, from 16 December until 3 January.

The big lorries that transport these funfairs cause a lot of damage to the Green, which even at the best of times feels badly treated.

And many local residents, especially those who live around the Green, hate the noise and disturbance. So what can be done to mitigate the problems?

After four months, still visible damage
The lorries lay down big metal causeways on the ground in order to transport their equipment, but these kill off the grass and leave scars on the landscape.

Our Council doesn't seem to be able to insist that the funfair owners repair the damage they cause before they leave. The Council put down fresh grass seed, but often it doesn't seem to take. Apparently they can't lay turf because it just gets stolen.

On the other hand, the funfairs are undoubtedly popular.  And families will love the "charity wristband days", when from 1-4pm, 4-7pm and 7-10pm there is "unlimited riding" on all the rides.

But maybe there is a better balance to be struck between popular entertainment and maintaining the fabric of Shepherd's Bush Green - surely one of the most mistreated green spaces in our Borough.

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