Ten reader responses to travellers and demonstrators in Brighton and Hove From The Argus
AS CO ORDINATOR and chair of the Friends Of Withdean Park, I would like to express my dismay at travellers returning again for the third time in two weeks.
I have been in touch with city councillors and many residents have done the same.
One morning recently, travellers were parked at the top of the park across the main path down from Woodland Way, and also down at the London Road end across the access path.
When they moved on last week, rubbish was left as usual and the bushes had been used as a toilet.
I am sure most council tax payers will, in turn, agree with me we don’t want more disruption, illegal camping in public places, and rubbish left by irresponsible people.
We don’t want the extra expense of policing more demos and clearing up illegal travellers’ sites.
I wonder how many voters will regret voting Green when they see how much extra this will cost?
The Green councillors would be better off spending more on cleaning up the city instead of making it worse. After all, I thought that was what being Green was all about.
John Dace, Cleveland Road, Brighton
I READ with amazement your report (The Argus, May 31) in which Councillor B asics running shoes en Duncan expressed the Green Party’s views of
prospective street demonstrations by suggesting activists and followers would be welcome in the city.
Nevertheless, when I also learned that Coun Duncan was a participant of demonstrations including those of the notorious Smash EDO, his views are understandable.
He refers to having attended events where there has been an air of intimidation and puts it down to certain sections of protesters and a heavy police presence.
A poor asics running shoes excuse when, as has been reported in The Argus, the organisers refuse to give any details of their activity in advance to the police so that adequate law and order can be maintained.
This policy of the Green Party is worrying no mention has been made of the disruption to public transpor asics running shoes t that these events cause.
If asics running shoes Coun Duncan were in my shoes, at 89 and unsteady on my feet, he might think differently.
Meanwhile, a little consideration would not go amiss.
Ken Chambers, Whippingham Road, Brighton
SO, GREEN councillor Ben Duncan thinks everyone should have a right no, make that a “duty” to protest as it suits them.
With that in mind, I think I will launch a personal protest that involves not paying my council tax until the campsite at Old Steine is cleared away and the plethora of rent a mob protest marches,
peopled mainly by those coming from outside of Brighton and Hove, are gone from the city’s streets.
Coun Duncan and his fellow Green councillors who made no mention of this free for all in their manifesto should heed the fact they were elected to serve the people and the good of the city of
Brighton and Hove.
Making the city a no go area for citizens who wish to go about their business undisturbed will ultimately drive people to seek alternative destinations. This could have a detrimental effect on the
city’s economy an economy I would like to think these councillors pledge to support.
David Cole, Queens Park Road, Brighton
WHILE I respect the right to peaceful demonstration, the increasing size of the camp at the Old Steine is robbing citizens of Brighton and Hove of one of the green sites in the city in which to