Speakers' article missed my points
IN A welter of tendentious sound bites about Sea Mills Mr Gane fails to address many of the major points of my article (Bristol Post, Speakers' Corner). Such as the presumably legally binding restrictive covenants to which Bristol City Council signed up at the time of the purchase of the land; covenants which are contained in the title deeds of houses bought from the council by tenants and which expressly forbid developments of this kind which may cause annoyance to anybody.
He also fails to address the issue of the history of and need for public toilets and any explanation of who was responsible for allowing the toilets to deteriorate to a disgusting state. He takes exception to my suggestion that Sea Mills is in the process of slowly becoming a sink estate but in the very next paragraph states that the recreation ground where generations of young people played safely is no longer safe for residents because of drug taking and drinking in the area, which surely confirms the point I was making.
Strangely enough when the café on The Square was being vandalised, apparently not for the first time, it was I and not a member of Sea Mills Community Initiatives who informed the police, for which the manageress, Heidi, thanked me. Likewise when the Methodist church was being vandalised, it was I who called the police and informed Police Commissioner, Mrs Mountstevens, who again graciously complimented me on what she described as 'my community spirit.' As a result of these efforts and the work of PC Paul Cousins in the area, there has been some improvement.
I would also remind both Mr Gane and SMCI that after Princess Anne decided to endorse the café on the doorstep of residents by officiating at the opening I wrote to ask her if it might be possible to open a similar café outside her home at Gatcombe Park.
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An amanuensis wrote to inform me that the subject was not even up for discussion. Apparently in our democracy some are still more equal than others.