Labour's parliamentary candidate for Twickenham has added his voice to those expressing outrage at Lord True's plans for the Gloriana in a letter to the Richmond and Twickenham Times.
Nick's letter can be read in full below:
I write to add my voice to those expressing outrage at the recent news of Lord True’s plans for the Gloriana.
I and many of my Twickenham friends have spent many hours with our children in the playground that will be affected by the plan. There was and is no better place to take an energetic toddler on a Sunday afternoon: a short pretty walk from home; beautiful riverside surroundings; ancient trees providing natural protection from the weather; light on traffic. These places make family life in Twickenham truly special. People move here and stay here because of these community assets and we must watch over them at all times. We should also expect the highest standards from those elected to safeguard them.
Of course, there are times when change is required; not all spaces can be sacrosanct forever. But if they are to be disturbed some rules apply: (1) the benefit must be demonstrable (2) the use of public money must be justified down to the last penny (3) permission, in the widest sense, must be sought from the communities affected and (4) the entire process from thought to action must be scrupulously transparent. The Gloriana plan fails on all four criteria. The result is that many people have rightly formed the impression that the plan is the product of political arrogance. The non-appearance of the issue before the local elections reinforces this view.
Let the Gloriana have a home somewhere, it is a beautiful example of an ancient craft at work and we should be reminded of our heritage. But the boat isn’t the issue. This is about leadership and accountability. As it stands Lord True’s behaviour is more suited to the fiefdom than a modern democracy.
Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Twickenham