Avatar fighters call for early vote-out
IT was amazing to have 250 people turn up on a Saturday night considering we were up against Britain’s Got Talent. It was a fantastic turnout.” The comments by campaigner Mark Street neatly summarise the strength of feeling over plans to build hundreds of new homes in Kennington. Regardless of the impact on Simon Cowell’s viewing figures, the fact that so many people care enough about their environment to make their voices heard a public meeting (at the weekend) should be a source of encouragment for those opposing the development. With such a well-organised campaign, there is no danger that these plans will slip through unnoticed. This is the very point of public consultation and the people of Kennington, to their great credit, are making the most of it. Showing a deft touch when it comes to drawing attention to their fight, the action group members have dubbed this ‘the Avatar campaign’, after the film in which a group of extraterrestrials fight to protect their beautiful homeland from exploitation and destruction. With the potential loss of much countryside to make way for the development of 1,200 homes and a new link road, the comparison is not unjustified. The councillors making a final decision on these controversial plans would be well advised to take note of the overwhelming opposition. To borrow from TV talent show terminology, the campaigners will clearly not rest until these proposals are voted out – preferably in an early round.