Just 26 respond to Cantley consultationBy Jon Nurse
January 18, 2013
Plans to bring new sports pitches and tennis courts to Cantley Park provoked just 26 responses.
Three options to improve the Twyford Road park were consulted on last November but the council was criticised for not informing neighbours with leaflets.
Residents at the North Wokingham Community Forum on Monday complained they hadn’t heard the consultation was taking place, saying the responses sounded ‘incredibly low’ and ‘pathetic’.
Paul Gallagher, chairman of Emmbrook Residents’ Association, said: "I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had pieces of paper saying the waste scheme is wonderful. To not do a leaflet drop in the immediate area was wrong. It should have been done to the people who are going to be directly affected. This was some poor judgement."
Councillor Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said the low figure was misleading and stated his intention to see all residents contacted when plans for the park enter its second stage.
He said: "It sounds low but a number of user groups [at Cantley Park] put in a joint response.
"It's given us things to think about before our solid proposal. Suggesting different options was a way of teasing out different thoughts and possibilities."
From the 26 responses - 19 were in favour of plans, with eight neutral and one opposed.
The most popular option was for a new five-a-side football centre with a gym and indoor tennis courts.
Countryside officer Andy Glencross said the council will investigate other possible extensions on private land before returning with a masterplan.