Sunday, February 04, 2007

Olympic Borough's actively support sport, right?

One of the more lively events in the 3½ hour spectator sport that is Greenwich Council's Politburo democracy, is the ability of the public to talk about petition items. January's council meeting was a master course in this, with a number of petitioners taking up the chance to talk.

One group - which was desperately trying to get their local sports field brought back into a working condition - ended up holding up copies of Greenwich Time, which had the headline "It's good to be listened to!" whilst simultaneously shouting "liar!" when Cllr Fahy was speaking (it brought such a smile to our face).

However, even with public there, the administration seemed to be far more keen to move a primary school onto the site. Who cares about the views of local residents when you have brass necked arrogance on your side?

Tory Councillor, Andy Jennings, who was supporting the petition, asked why, if we're an Olympic Borough, we have amongst the worst sporting participation rates in the country, which is no doubt linked to the lack of interest the Council shows in maintaining sports grounds.

We wonder this too. Could it be that the council wants to sell the old primary school site off and make a fast buck?

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Blogger Indigo said...

I hope that the executive of the Royal Parks have more backbone than the Greenwich Soviet. Read this, in the Financial Times, 27 January 2007: the wretched designer (who lives near Salisbury) of the equestrian course for the Olympics in Greenwich Park clearly intends that the Park should be flattened here and a rose garden pulled out there, just for an event lasting two weeks in 2012 - and her own glory. She isn't much bothered about space for spectators because it is what is shown on tv that matters.

Give the Olympics to Paris.

5:35 pm  
Blogger Cllr Andy Jennings said...

The BBC have shown a lot of interest in this story and will appear on the regional news this week.

8:46 pm  

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