The text below is from an email sent by Councillor Blakeman on 1st November. It should be self-explanatory and needs no editorial comment from us. However, we can’t resist the temptation to say WE TOLD YOU SO. This absolutely confirms what we have said all along – that the Council care nothing for the children of Lancaster West, nor anybody else who lives here. They LIED when they said the reconfigured and much reduced Lancaster Green would be designed to meet the needs of local people, and not just as a forecourt for the KALC complex.
(NB The illustration, for those who don’t know, is from the film “The Rebel” in which Tony Hancock played a talentless, but deluded, middle-class twit who fancied himself as a great artist)
Dear Residents’ Forum Member
I have asked for ‘Public Art’ to be included on the agenda of our forthcoming Residents’ Forum meeting.
Discussions with Ms. Johnson led me to believe that the “public art” designated for the KALC development is to be a piece of public art for the local community and not specifically for the Academy or the Leisure Centre. I was therefore concerned to read the following in a Report to the Public Art Panel meeting held on 24 October, which seems to suggest that the Aldridge Foundation and the Council have taken ownership of this part of the project without any local consultation.
As I recollect it, we believed strongly that local children should have a major input into the choice of the public art for this site, but their involvement – and also ours – seems to have been completely by-passed.
It is unclear who decided that the public art would have to be appropriate “for both parties”, i.e. the Academy and the Leisure Centre – but not appropriate for the local community – nor how it was decided that “a freestanding sculpture is needed”, nor why this particular theme has been adopted for the sculpture, nor who selected the preferred artists without first consulting the local community to see whether the community agrees that their work is suitable for this site.
Cllr. Judith Blakeman