Liberal Democrat Councillors in Willesden have joined local residents to express their dismay that Villiers Park on Villiers Road, Willesden is still not open.
The park was redeveloped almost 18 months ago and yet has remained locked, despite the pleas of local councillors and residents.
The open space, located at the end of Villiers Road as it meets Dudden Hill Lane, had a substantial amount of money invested in it to improve the small park and install a children’s play area. Liberal Democrat Councillors say residents have been looking forward to its opening for months, but to date, nothing seems to have happened.
Local councillors have written to Cllr James Powney, Executive Member for Environment and Neighbourhood Services, demanding to know why the park is still not open.
Speaking about the delay, Cllr Ann Hunter said,
“This really is getting ridiculous now. The Council invested a substantial amount of money into the park, but there now seems to be a delay on its actually opening to the public.
Local councillors have repeatedly asked Brent Council the reasons why, only to be given a vague answer about play surfaces and no timetable for opening whatsoever. Local residents are understandably becoming angry at seeing their nice, new park and play area just out of reach behind a locked gate. It’s time Brent Council got its act together and fix whatever the problem is and opened the park for local resident to enjoy.”
Local resident Sadie Goddard added,
“My son has been very excited about the playground in the park and I’ve been looking forward to taking him there. Instead we’re just left wondering, what’s going on. We have walked down there once a week for months and months in the hope one day it will be open. All last summer we were told it would be open soon by the workmen. I have even had another child in the space of time it’s taken to build, so now we’d really like it open!”