Public Hearing on Future of Shepherd's Bush Green

Council claims residents' concerns "based on outdated proposals"

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A public hearing is being held in May to decide the future of Shepherd's Bush Green.

The three day hearing, which will take place at Hammersmith Town Hall from May 17 onwards will decide whether or not Hammersmith & Fulham Council can redevelop Shepherd's Bush Green.

The council has what it describes as "exciting plans to improve the Green", which include creating two new play areas for children, planting more trees and improving routes across the Green for pedestrians and cyclists.

However, as the Green is Common land the council's scheme requires the consent of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The council says: " DEFRA has called for the public hearing after several residents, who appeared to be basing their concerns on some outdated proposals, complained that a number of trees would be chopped down.

" There were also objections regarding proposals to build a new cafe on the Green."

Cllr Greg Smith, cabinet member for resident's services, claims: " We have carried out extensive consultations with local people, and more than three quarters of those who answered our survey said that overall suggestions for the new-look Green were very good or good."

Cllr Smith also says the scheme would actually result in a net increase of trees. " There are currently 102 trees on the Green. Whilst 12 trees will be lost as part of the revamp, we intend to plant 34 new ones, which means that there will be a net gain of 22 trees.

"The café will provide a destination for families and commuters to stop for a coffee in pleasant surroundings and is also supported by the overwhelming majority of Shepherds Bush people."

If given the green light, the council says also hopes to improve CCTV and lighting and build a new café and public toilets.

April 19, 2011

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