Tuesday 26 July 2011

The Level row rumbles on. . . .

Adrian Morris, one-time local Labour candidate for St. Peters & North Laine, has presented a 3000 signature petition to the Council against the proposals to move the skate park to the northern section of the Level. (Brighton Society report). As a result of this, opposition councillors have united to ensure the decision was sent back to environment cabinet member Cllr Pete West for reconsideration. One hopes this is a mere formality. What force can, or should, a one-sided petition have in the face of a long, thorough public consultation exercise which showed that 55% of people were in favour of moving the skate park. The issue is a finely balanced one. The only way this petition might have been given any legitimacy is if, for the purposes of comparison, a counter-petition had been launched for moving the skate park; and the results had been presented at the same time.

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