Monday 13 May 2013

Battling Barratts in Barnet - Save Our Welsh Harp

It's their future environment that is under threat
The petition is unrolled to the Town Hall steps
Cllr Mashari presents the petition at reception
I joined Cllr Alison Hopkins (Lib Dem) and Cllr Mashari (Labour) other Brent and Barnet councillor and party activists, West Hendon and Brent residents and environmentalists at Hendon Town Hall this morning. We were presenting a petition to Barnet Council signed by more than 850 people opposing Barratt Homes' plan for a 'city of skyscrapers' on the banks of the Welsh Harp reservoir.

I was at the Welsh Harp yesterday afternoon speaking to the walkers, joggers, cyclists and families enjoying the open space and they were flabbergasted that such a development could be allowed on such a unique beauty spot and nature reserve. Many said that once one section received approval more applications would follow and it appears that already an application has gone in again for the Woodfield Nursery site in Cool Oak Lane - these plans along with an application for housing on the Greenhouse site in Birchen Grove, Brent were defeated in 2009

There is still time to get your objections to the scheme in to Barnet Council. Go to for details or email by 9am tomorrow morning. Don't forget to include your name and address to receive an acknowledgement and chase them up if you don't get one.

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