When is a loo not a loo?

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

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

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