When is a loo not a loo?
I would like to respond to M Jameson’s letter, regarding the proposed development in the grounds of St James the Great Church in Ruscombe, in which he or she states ‘it’s simply a toilet’.
Therein lies the problem, it is simply not simply a toilet.
Have a look at the plans ...
The planning application is for a disproportionately large hall, complete with mezzanine!
It is over a third the size of the church itself and will heavily impact on graves which are currently actively tended and which are visited by people far and wide so that time may be spent communing with departed loved ones. One such grave belongs to a gentleman who gave huge proportions of his time to the church for decades. That seems to have been forgotten.
Nobody begrudges you a loo. We’ve all been caught short at times but the scale of the proposed development is completely out of proportion. There are numerous places to meet locally and to say that a parish hall will not bring in more traffic is laughable I’m afraid.
Already the lane is impassable at times, a huge risk to residents who may need emergency medical care.
The other letter – from Glen Horrall – misses one point itself. The church may have consulted with various bodies concerned with development, but what it did not do is consult with residents, nor did it consult with those with loved ones buried in the church grounds.
That speaks volumes.
I note you do not say you have consulted with Ruscombe Parish Council. Why would that be?
Jane Holmes, via email