It’s far too easy to use issues like Heatham House as a political football – which is one reason why TRTG wants to see the Riverside become an area owned and run for the community by an independent trust.
It has been pointed out that Broadway Malyan’s scenarios, commissioned by LBRuT, aren’t ‘written in stone’, and that version one is status quo regarding Heatham House.
However, it is easy to understand genuine apprehensions about such issues. The underlying fear seems to be that Heatham House will be sold and a new home for the youth centre will not be found in a ‘timely’ fashion. The prime example of this being the length of time it has taken to ‘refurbish’ the lido pool. Also, it’s usually quicker to sell a building than to actually build one. Therefore, I don’t think its unreasonable for local people to be concerned about the potential loss (even temporarily) of another community facility with nothing visible in return, e.g. the ice-rink, pool site, etc.
We live in age of cynicism regarding the statements and promises made by our politicians; but we believe the current Council intends to renew public faith in its local public servants by prompt action on the long standing Riverside issue.
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