Money is needed for London Road area
I would like to comment on Nick Hale's letter to the Chronicle recently regarding the use of the London Road Gateway funding (granted in June of last year) towards buying The Bell pub in Walcot Street.
I am the chair of the Gateway Group, a body assembled after the community meetings held earlier last year and also mentioned in Mr Hale's letter to you last week.
I am also the part-owner of Ashman Jones London Road Veterinary Practice which is at the centre of all happenings along the London Road and hopefully quite informed and pro-active in terms of giving important advice towards such improvements.
The board which I chair includes a wide cross section of the local community many of which (including myself and a ward councillor) live on the London Road.
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The Gateway Group has been meeting roughly every month since the initial community consultation and have made real progress with the Landscape designers and councillors through a series of interactive hands-on workshops.
Shortly we will be in a position to move forward and make a marked physical improvement to the London Road.
I have great sympathy for the Bell pub, in fact our new veterinarian used to work at the Bell as a casual bar-tender throughout her university years.
However, I feel that Mr Hale's argument needs to be targeted elsewhere, not at the London Road.
We desperately require this essential funding to help the lives of thousands of people who use the London Road every day.
Mr Hale is grossly mistaken if he believes suggestions coming out of the public meeting in 2012 have been disregarded.
Work is due to commence in the next six months and be completed 12 months thereafter.
MURRAY JONES Chair of the Gateway Community Working Group for London Road Regeneration Ashman Jones London Road Veterinary Clinic London Road Bath