Wednesday 15 December 2010 2.18pm
I have no objection to the 9/11 Foundation putting up some kind of memorial somewhere. After all, there were quite a few people from the UK who died in the attack. I do object, however, to the suggestion that some clanking monstrosity be placed on Potters Fields; it's not a memorial garden and I wouldn't want it to become one
I find it quite bizarre that they should even be thinking about this. Riverside Parents
has been trying to get some small facilities on the part for years, some swings or whatever, for the kids. To encourage its use by families and children. They've always been kicked into touch
For info, this is what the Shad Thames Residents Association has said:
The Shad Thames
Residents’ Association objects very strongly to the planning application from the 9/11 Foundation to erect a sculpture on Potters Fields Park
made from damaged steel girders from the attack on New York’s Twin Towers.
The size, scope and scale of the sculpture is out of all proportion to the size of the small Potters Fields Park
, it would completely overwhelm the Park, allowing users of the Park no choice as to whether, or not, they wish to be confronted every day by such an overpowering and “violent” installation.
We know that the Board of the Park have decided that the installation would be inappropriate given the size of the Park, and that the Board voted not to allow the sculpture to be erected, and therefore, it is difficult to understand why the 9/11 Foundation have decided to go ahead with their Planning Application. While understanding that anyone can apply for planning permission for any project, anywhere, is it worth noting that Potters Fields Park
Management Trust hold a lease on the Park until 2037, and, therefore, decisions about what the Park is used for lies with the Trust ?
In conclusion, local residents cannot find any justification to site the sculpture on the small Potters Fields Park
, and therefore, strongly object to this proposal for the reasons outlined above.
Secretary - Shad Thames