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Times' letters: 3G football pitch and policing our parks

PUBLISHED: 08:30 13 October 2019

Neighbours of Queen's Park Community School oppose 3G football pitch plans and premises licence threat. Picturre: Jörg Mohaupt

Neighbours of Queen's Park Community School oppose 3G football pitch plans and premises licence threat. Picturre: Jörg Mohaupt

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times' readers this week.

We don't want 3G football pitch

Siobhan, full name and address supplied, writes:

Did anyone ask the majority of residents surrounding Capital City Academy about the proposed pitch?

No, why would they it's not an affluent area with social housing. People like us don't matter.

All this is about is how the price of homes might be affected.

It's not about making money for the school. It's rich door poor door. You see it if you go to Tiverton Park, the clique of posh dog walkers and owners. You walk down to Queens Park to play. Where it could not be more obvious.

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The school should concentrate on developing education and applying for more government funding.

Fund police in our parks

Lee Redworth, Brent, full address supplied, writes:

I, like many Brent residents, feel alarmed about public safety in our parks and open spaces.

It is not common knowledge, but there is a power that is at the disposal of Brent Council to resolve the issues in Brents Parks and Open Spaces. Under s.18 Ministry of Housing and Local Government Provisional Order Confirmation (Greater London Parks and Open Spaces) Act 1967, the council has the power to employ their own police constables, independently from the Metropolitan Police, to patrol and enforce the law in the boroughs parks and open spaces.

A few councils around London already do this including Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth and Havering. This legislation works well in the boroughs that utilise it and makes the parks safer. I would encourage you to write to your local councillors and the councillor responsible for community safety, Cllr Tom Miller: Cllr.Tom.Miller@brent.gov.uk

The only way to make our parks safer is a professional uniformed police presence.

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