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Council remove 'pretty community garden' after one person complained

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Adam Tranter created the “mini park” in September to offer “a bit more community space” in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. Residents in the affluent market town would regularly sit on benches there and enjoy a coffee during lockdown, reports Birmingham Mail.

But the space has now been taken away by Warwickshire County Council, a large Tory-led authority in the Midlands.

Mr Tranter, a father of two, said it happened following a single complaint by a member of public.

The dad said: “It was only small, but the parklet was a real gem of the town – everyone seemed to really appreciate it and it was good for local businesses too.

“Whenever I would pass it there would be people sat chatting on the benches, with a takeaway coffee.

“Taking away just one little parking space made hundreds of people happy, but it was also its downfall after someone decided it was better used for a car.

“It’s a real loss for the community.

“I’m very passionate about public spaces, especially since pandemic when spending time outdoors has become even more important.”

Council bosses said the parklet did not have a ‘pavement licence’ and they had safety concerns because it was positioned in a car parking area.

Adam and wife Aurélie created the spot in a car parking space beside several local businesses.

The council stated this had made it unsafe.

But Adam, a marketing manager, continued: “A lot of people thought it was a really nice way to use the space – it allowed friends to meet and remain socially distanced with a coffee.

“It made the place look a lot nicer too.

“It’s such a shame because everyone else had loved it, and taking that one little space away from a car park to use as the park had made a big impact on our community.

“Unfortunately, the space was also its downfall, because someone decided it was better used for a car.

“It’s such a shame to see it go – it became a real gem of the town in the six months it was there.

“We’re so used to looking for somewhere to park cars that we’ve forgotten what towns are supposed to be for – for friends to meet and have a chat, and the parklet facilitated that.

Warwickshire County Council said that the park was not removed as a result of a complaint.

A spokesman said: “Over the last year, Warwickshire County Council has been working very closely with Districts and Boroughs on Pavement Licences, as set out in the Business and Planning Act 2020.

“To date, District and Borough councils have issued numerous Pavement Licences across Warwickshire. In order to obtain a licence, business owners need to make an application to their relevant District and Borough for consideration.

“The parklet on High Street, Kenilworth was removed, as it has not had a Pavement licence granted, or applied for, and we cannot determine its owner. In addition to the lack of licence, we also have concerns around the safety of anyone using the parklet, given its positioning within a parking area, without any form of barrier between people and live traffic.

“As the parklet was placed on the highway, Warwickshire County Council as the Highway Authority arranged for its removal.”



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