Consider effect on community

First published in Readers' Letters

Following a public meeting on Wednesday, October 12, about the future purpose of the Threeways Community Centre and Arundel Social Club, I am extremely concerned.

The management of the Threeways has gone out to tender. The three companies that are bidding are all leisure centre owners: SLM, Circle and Hertsmere Leisure. It would appear that the Threeways is set to become a commercial health club of some kind.

It was also discussed that the contract of agreement would include housing a clinic for the obese and those with behavioral difficulties. To my knowledge, this should be the job of central Government, not the local council.

To reiterate my personal opinion outlined in a previous letter and that of the local community (the petition “Save The Bar” contained some 700 local signatures), there are many who believe that losing our social club will mean we lose a local and affordable venue and place to meet.

I believe that the council is overlooking the value to residents that the social club brings on many levels and is totally disregarding our concerns by privatising another local facility. Describing the possible effect of such action, D Michael, police licensing officer said in a recent letter to Karen Ward, chair of Arundel Social Club: “I feel that the club and the centre as a whole make a very valuable contribution to enhancing the overall social environment of the locality around its immediate vicinity. Conversely, curtailment of its activities could, in my opinion, have a detrimental effect on community solidarity and could consequently give rise to an increase in antisocial behaviour which, in turn, often leads on to more serious crime and disorder.”

Is this what the council and us, the residents want for Borehamwood and our future generation?

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10:24am Fri 21 Oct 11

koozy says...

Why would they consider the effect on a community they dont care about!! If you remember the AGM meeting, when the police were at the center 2 years ago, when S Parnel was not getting her own way, she said i will close the !!!!! bar down, and walked out, well that was true to her word. What a fantastic letter that was read out last week, so how come the council took no a bit of notice. To take not a bit of notice of the puplic and now not a bit of notice of the police who help issue the licences in the area, then this coucil is all about its self, not the puplic, whom they are supposed to listen to.
Why would they consider the effect on a community they dont care about!! If you remember the AGM meeting, when the police were at the center 2 years ago, when S Parnel was not getting her own way, she said i will close the !!!!! bar down, and walked out, well that was true to her word. What a fantastic letter that was read out last week, so how come the council took no a bit of notice. To take not a bit of notice of the puplic and now not a bit of notice of the police who help issue the licences in the area, then this coucil is all about its self, not the puplic, whom they are supposed to listen to. koozy
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8:31am Sat 22 Oct 11

Reader (R) says...

I can never quite understand our system of local government. We elect a few dozen individuals to act on our behalf, some of these then think that they hold a high an exalted office.

This perception then leads them to think that they know best. This is not always the case, there are times when they MUST listen to the wishes of the electorate and abide by their wishes.

After all said and done, it is THEIR money you are spending!
I can never quite understand our system of local government. We elect a few dozen individuals to act on our behalf, some of these then think that they hold a high an exalted office. This perception then leads them to think that they know best. This is not always the case, there are times when they MUST listen to the wishes of the electorate and abide by their wishes. After all said and done, it is THEIR money you are spending! Reader (R)
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