Dear Councillor Simmonds,
SHAME ON YOU !!!!!!!
FOR LETTING RESIDENTS DOWN ONCE MORE !!!!!
YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON TO HAVE COMMENTED IN FAVOUR OF THE THE RILEY ARMS PUBLIC HOUSE PLANNING APPLICATION !!!!
WHY WOULD YOU NOT SUPPORT RESIDENTS ????
In your comment you omit to mention that the planning application is not for the refurbishment of the present layout, which residents favour, but to build an open patio at the back in front of children's bedrooms, open an entrance at the back on Ann Lane and open the whole front with by fold doors.
32 oppositions have been logged against this application. These include two residents associations, the police and The Chelsea Society.
WHY WOULD YOU SUPPORT SOMETHING THAT WILL ADVERSELY AFFECT CHILDREN'S LIVES AND THE MOST VULNERABLE ???
This pub extension will be next to the homes of elderly and disabled residents and many young children's bedrooms will overlook it .
Children will be forced to have their bedroom curtains closed during the day in order to avoid witnessing drug taking and drug dealing outside their homes. It is 'known' that groups of patrons congregate smoking drugs on residents' entrances at the back of the pub during daylight hours on a daily basis. Children are forced to walk through these groups as they come home from school. The building of a patio at the back and an extra exit will further blight our children's lives.
Concertina doors are proposed at the front on the Kings Road. This will open the front of the pub seven days a week from 10 am to 11 pm . Mothers with young children at present desperately try to avoid the leery comments and the frequent sexual references as they force their way through crowds of drunks on the way to the supermarket on a daily basis. Having larger crowds will further compound the feeling of entrapment as they suffer this onslaught of antisocial and criminal behaviour at the front and at the back of the pub. They have no choice but to face this on a daily basis as they walk to the supermarket, shops and bus stop.
Many of us have worked very hard to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and in particular the children in our community as they are our future.
By all means refurbish the pub, BUT ... DON'T SUPPORT THE INSTALLATION OF FOLDING DOORS AT THE FRONT AND AN EXTRA EXIT AND AN OPEN COURTYARD AT THE BACK !!!!!
WE ARE APPALLED THAT NOT ONLY HAVE YOU TURNED A BLIND EYE TO WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE NEW OWNERSHIP TOOK OVER A YEAR AGO, BUT ARE OPENLY IGNORING THE BEST INTERESTS OF RESIDENTS !!
YOU DO NOT LIVE IN THE PROXIMITY OF THE PUB THEREFORE ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO MAKE COMMENTS ON BEHALF OF THOSE THAT DO !!