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After the riotous meeting at Holy Trinity Church, regarding developments at Newlands Corner, I find it horrifying that a report in the Surrey Advertiser (18 March), refers to SCC’s proposals for a play trail, as if it is a foregone conclusion that such erections are going ahead.
Surrey County Council (SCC) say: “they have listened to the public….” Were the SCC team all deaf?
The meeting clearly expressed vigorous objections to the whole idea of play-trails. People did not want these structures at all; the 200+ members of the public who were there, were almost unanimous.
I wonder if SCC has done sufficient consultation with the public, to justify, legally, the employment of play-trail designers, at some enormous expense? I think not!
They will have spent considerable sums, which will take many years of parking charges to recover, let alone the actual cost of building the five wooden features, the largest of which, with crude, rough stakes sticking out of the top of two towers, would be visible for miles around.
The fact that SCC now says there will be just five features, rather than the ten originally planned makes no difference to people’s opinions, and demonstrates, even more, what a waste of money their whole scheme has been.
Many comments have already been made about the need to retain natural, beautiful and historically free, attractions. The countryside needs no artificial enhancements to draw thousands of visitors, with or without dogs, children, motorbikes, walking sticks or thermos flasks every year.
SCC must be made to listen and to act on public opinion, not ignore local residents.