TLIO 1997 action: Easter Garden under threat
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Fri Feb 18 13:49:27 GMT 2011
Any old school The Land Is Ours people will
remember Jaffa and this wonderful little project
we supported back in Easter 1997.
Plan to fence off garden gets residents, all stirred up again
Tom Morris Wed 16th Feb 2011 - Bristol Evening
Post - only story in that edition which was not put on the EP website!
Passionate residents have bombarded Bristol City
Council with complaints in a bid to save a community garden.
Easter Garden, nestled between Wesley Place and
High Street, just off Blackboy Hill in Clifton,
is a much-loved community garden.
Three houses originally stood on the site but
were condemned before air raid shelters were put up.
The site then became a dumping ground until it
was transformed by residents in 1997.
In 1999, protesters stopped the previous owner
taking a JCB to the site and prevented the garden
and their hard work being destroyed.
A. stop order was put in place by the council and
an appeal by the developer was also dismissed.
Now, 12 years on, a new would-be property
developer has applied to fence off the garden.
Sarjit Singh, of Enfield, London, bought an
L-shaped section of the land in a 2008 auction
and wants to put panel fencing around the perimeter.
His plan has stirred local residents and the
100-strong Friends of Easter Garden group into action.
The deadline for observations and complaints was
Monday. Friends of Easter Garden chairman John
Delaney said the council will have received
around 50 letters of objection and hundreds of signatures on petitions.
Mr Delany; 76, of Wesley Place, said: "I and my
wife Julia have been. gardening there every
weekend since 1997 in all kinds of weather ~ it is a huge part of our lives.
"I love it, it is good for me. lt is a beautiful
garden and it fascinating to see the seasons come
and go. It is so important to the community."
Resident Christine Liddle, 62, of Upper Belgrave
Road said: "My husband died and the garden has
been a lifeline for me. It has provided me with
the opportunity to meet people of all generations."
Lee Perkins, 38, lives opposite and visits with
children Evan, three, and Caitlin, one.
"If someone fenced this garden off it would be
disastrous," he said. "The children come here a
lot and there is an open day each summer when
they close the road, which is great."
Michael Smyth 68 of Wesley Place helped clear the
site back in 1997. He said: "We have used the
garden for many years and it brings the community together."
Kevin Allen, 43, of York Street added: "I have.
moved four or five times within Bristol and can
honestly say that this is the only place where I know my neighbours."
Chris Martin, who will stand for the Lib Dems at
the local elections for Clifton East, supports the residents.
He said: "It is an unparalleled area of beauty of
which there are few if any in Bristol.
"It is a David and Goliath situation where you
have a group of residents who saw an opportunity
to use it and have been doing so for some years.
Mr Singh said: 'At the end of the day I have no quarrel with my neighbours.
"I just can't understand why they are doing this.
I just wanted to build somewhere to live in
Bristol. If they want the land they can buy it."
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