Row Blows Up Over Gunnersbury Park Notice Boards

New signs show Putt in the Park despite lack of planning permission

The noticeboard map showing Putt in the Park
The noticeboard map showing Putt in the Park. Picture: Friends of Gunnersbury Park

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The management of Gunnersbury Park have been asked to remove new noticeboards with maps showing Putt in the Park in the place of the bowls club.

According to the Friends of Gunnersbury Park, Hounslow Council’s representative of the Community Interest Company’s (CIC) board ordered the removal of the signs on being informed about them.

Hounslow is the planning authority for the park which is jointly managed for Ealing and Hounslow Councils by the CIC. A planning application to do work on the bowls club pavilion to allow it to be converted into a café serving a new mini-golf course has been rejected by Hounslow Council planners on the basis that the bowls club is a community asset. Nevertheless bowls club members have been denied access to the green which they fear will become unusable if not tended.

It is understood that another application to convert the pavilion is to be considered in June

This is the second occasion on which notice boards in the park have been the subject of controversy. In March graffiti appeared on one of the boards in the park demanding the resignation of the CIC’s chief executive David Bowler. Members of the bowls club denied that anyone associated with them was responsible.

Victoria Lawson, Executive Director of Environment, Culture and Customer Services, said,
“New signs were installed at Gunnersbury Park to introduce the Sports Hub, however they were found to contain errors and are now in the process of being removed.”

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April 23, 2021

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