|Cricklewood Open Space (Thomas Bell Photographs)|
This is what Barnet Council says to justify the selling off of Cricklewood's last green space:
The subject plot fronting B&Q, on Cricklewood Lane is currently an open space primarily used as a disabled access ramp to the B&Q store. It is regularly fly-tipped and attracts rough sleepers among other social issues such as alcohol and substance misuse. The proximity to local businesses means on-going disturbance to businesses, environmental degradation, and Health & Safety concerns resulting from substance/alcohol misuse and excessive littering. Retention of the site in its existing condition would not only allow these problems to continue, but also drain the Council’s resources in terms of on-going management costs.
Campaigners and residents from Barnet and Council came together in November 2013 to protest at the possible disposal of the green space outside B&Q in Cricklewood and are organising again as a planning application to build on it goes before Barnet Council on September 7th.
Barnet Council are meeting on September 7th to discuss the sale of Cricklewood’s only green space, outside B&Q. It was given as public open space in 1987 when the retail park was built. Crown Estates sold it to Barnet in 2004 with a stipulation it would not be built on. Barnet have managed to remove this requirement, and are selling public land with no public consultation.
All the known Cricklewood Green Space material is now on the BX Coalition website LINK - scroll down for the last few postings there:
Actions you can take
- Tweet @Barnetcouncil using #CricklewoodGreen
- Sign the petition if you haven’t before and ask your neighbours to sign LINK
- Write to the papers
- Write to the committee about the sale of public land without consultation,
- Join us in a protest outside the meeting on September 7th (check blog)
- Keep checking the blog and Twitter @BXcoalition
From the Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Development
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