Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Gentlemen Start Your Petitions

Conservative Cllr Eric Allen with a petition signer
Petitioning has begun in and around Worcester Park as local community activists start the process of gathering signatures against the proposed Mosque in Green Lane for the second time in twelve months.

Local Conservatives and the Worcester Park Residents’ Association have both had people out over the weekend knocking on doors in a bid to collect as many signatures as possible before the deadline for consultation ends on the 21st of June.

I was out wearing my 'Worcester Park Conservative' hat and can report that:

"I knocked on many doors over the weekend and I have not yet had a single person not want to sign the petition.
Simon Densley (aka me) getting a signature at the door
Last year was the same – several times I would knock on a door just to be told that someone else in the street had organised a petition which they had already signed. The whole community is in agreement here that having any development bringing a regular influx of people, whether it's a Mosque, a Church or a supermarket would have a terrible impact on the already awful traffic and parking situation where Green Lane meets Central Road.

The claim that nobody will use their car to get there just does not hold water. At the end of the day it is people’s own choice whether to drive, no one can ‘prohibit’ it, and when they are running a bit late or a bus connection is cancelled or it’s a bit cold outside, of course people will drive."

If any blog readers who are not already involved and would like to help gather signatures, contact the blog (mail@worcesterparkblog.org.uk) and I will put you in contact with whoever is organising petitions in your area. (Please include at least the road you live in).
Cllr Stuart Gordon Bullock with local trader signing it

If you would like to object directly. You can do so by doing the following:

You can write a letter of objection directly to the Council. This can be sent to:
The Planning Division,
24 Denmark Road,
Please remember to include the planning application number which is  67455/FUL

You can also object directly via the internet:
Objections must reach them by Friday 21st June 2013.