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Woodley Community garden to remain a building compound

May 20, 2011 11:00 AM

Despite promises to return a community garden to its original state after completing the Decent Homes work in Drovers Way, Woodley, Liberal Democrats have learnt that Conservative-led borough council now plan to keep the compound on the site of the Drover's Way community garden until the end of the year while they work in Winnersh.

Tom McCann (Liberal Democrat campaigner for Loddon) said: 'When the Conservative-led council placed the work compound on the community garden it destroyed the wonderful efforts of our young citizens in creating a garden on a patch of land that had been poorly maintained by the council for years. At the time, the Liberal Democrats argued that the compound should have gone elsewhere, but were told that it needed to be near to the houses being renovated - so why isn't it being moved to Winnersh now?'

Sue Smith (Liberal Democrat Councillor for Loddon ward) said: 'At this rate the children involved in the project, which was run by the council's own community officers, will have grown up and left home before it is restored. It is a disgrace that when our children have shown an interest in their community that the Conservative-led council has shown such little respect for their efforts.'

Phil Challis (Liberal Democrat Councillor for Loddon ward) said: 'I want to hold David Lee, the Conservatives leader, to his commitment that the children's community garden would definitely be reinstated as soon as the contractors have moved off site. The contractors have now finished work in Drovers Way, and the compound is not moving, so this appears to be yet another broken Tory promise.'