We must halt madcap plan for Sea Mills
FOR some time now Bristol City Council has been discussing the possibility of creating a play area for children in Sea Mills. I decided to carry out a survey of the houses surrounding Sea Mills' square to find who would be most affected by what I could only describe as yet another retrograde development in the area and also in St Edyth's Road, one of the approach roads to The Square.
In the houses surrounding The Square, of the people I questioned 94 per cent had received no communication from the council and the same percentage wanted the play area on the recreation ground.
In St Edyth's Road, 66 per cent had received no information but the others were for the most part extremely vague as to how or where they had received any information.
And 89 per cent wanted the play area on the recreation ground.
We live in an age in which large numbers of people know the price of everything and value of nothing and where from an early age children acquire a taste for populist pap and are indoctrinated to become obedient consumers in a society which addresses their wants rather than their needs.
It has become imperative that children have play centres and all the latest technical gadgetry.
If one needs some evidence of the consequences of such a development a visit to Canford Park is instructive. Outside the park people park both sides of the road so that there is insufficient room for two vehicles to pass and buses are frequently brought to a standstill.
There is already a parking problem on Sea Mills' square with drivers parking on pavements and across residents' driveways. The situation will be greatly exacerbated by the presence of a play centre. Secondly, we already live in a world of excessive noise pollution with even many shops believing that we cannot make our purchases without a backdrop of high decibel music. This is the world children are reared in; a world in which they have to pump up the volume to contend with the background noise if they are to hold a conversation.
If teenagers are involved the situation will be even more intolerable. I suggest that those who doubt my scepticism ask long term teachers and police about contemporary standards of behaviour amongst many, but not all, young people. The concept of a play centre on a bus and main traffic route would seem to be fraught with numerous unforeseeable safety issues both from the point of view of children and drivers. I hope that residents living on The Square will stand up for their rights and bring to a halt this madcap scheme in its present form.