May I ask who from the City management will be attending this drop in session on plant pots? Thank you.
I have just received clarification today that no one from City management will be attending the drop in session, and that it is purely for residents.
Can anyone clarify exactly what this meeting is about? We have just heard from our neighbour that the City wants to remove all potted plants from all areas of the estate, even out back of ground floor flats where many people have been maintaining gardens for years (some for decades!) and which give, we think, a lot of visual pleasure to residents and passersby -- as well as contributing to a greener environment. It would be very helpful to have an idea of what will be discussed at this meeting, and the impetus for it in general. Any information is very welcome!
Thank you, and best,
Emily and Brian
Hello Emily and Brian.
The drop in session has been arranged by one resident in Crescent House, who is representing those that are upset and concerned over the City's stance on this issue. It is a chance for everyone who has an experience about this to share it at the session, which will also be attended by the Southwark Mediator, but not by any City management.
As many people know, I personally suffered from having most of my garden taken away by force, which had devastating affects on my health. I have not heard anything about the City wanting to remove ALL plants from the Estate. I am currently taking legal action over my case, and cannot comment too much for legal reasons. However, I think it important that anyone with concerns should share them at the drop in session. The purpose of it, as I understand, is to support those residents who have been affected, and to present the evidence to City management. It is certainly vital for our health and the environment that we have plants and trees across the Estate, especially as, over a long period of time, the City encouraged this by their annual garden competitions across all their estates.
Thank you for this information, that's really useful to know. And great to hear, also, that the residents have managed to organise a way to make themselves heard. We did hear about your story and find it shocking and wrong the way you and your garden were treated. We are big believers in the the right of residents to plant gardens, to contribute to green growth and ecosystems on the estate, and also to do things that increase residential quality of life; actions that should be facilitated and not destroyed by the City. We will make sure to come along to the drop-in and contribute to the conversation!
Emily and Brian