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Green Flag awards are given to parks and other open spaces which meet certain criteria, under eight major headings.
It has to be acknowledged that with the changes to the way local authorities are funded the London Borough of Haringey is generally strapped for cash, but we also know that Finsbury Park is a rich source of income, which must be spent in the park. So lack of cash should not be the reason for the [temporary?] removal of the Park's green flag.
What we also know is that
This picture of an empty flag pole is taken from the Martin Ball's twitter stream. This one is in Downhills Park (I think) which has also had its green flag struck.
The BBC has run at least one piece on the topic which is available on Clive Carter's youtube channel
Apparently its down to bins and graffiti
THE admission of the Green Flag Award suspensions was made at last Saturday's meeting of the Haringey Parks Forum. (pictured).
The reports on the nine parks (two failed; seven failing), were promised by the council to councillors and the public. These reports don't need to be written, as they're already written. It would be a matter of forwarding. They are probably a single pdf file.
At five o'clock this evening, no park reports had been received.
The failure to supply a report about park maintenance demonstrates both a general contempt for the pubic and possible embarrassment at the contents of the reports.
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Some clarity please, Clive. Does that cryptic comment mean that you or one of your contacts has now had the reports?
I enjoyed your spoof of the Cllr Joe Ejiofor message - with green flags on the wall behind him. But only after someone persuaded me to keep watching and that it wasn't just his lifeless reading of extracts from the Council's most boring PR bulletins.
The point where one of the two green flags swings down was a laugh out loud moment. Maybe getting its humour from letters starting to fall off a display behind the hapless Theresa May.
I was though, disappointed that the poster didn't fold itself unto a paper plane and fly away. Next time?
Meanwhile here's my answering tweet.
It was of course inspired by Adrian Essex's heading: "We'll keep the green flag flying here"
The people's parks have green flags high
Oops. Two of them no longer fly.
One fluttered over Finsbury Park
Where has it gone? We're in the dark.
Another o'er Downhills flew
Its pole is bare.
We lost that too
For Haringey Parks who gives a fig?
We'll rent 'em off to a music gig.
NOT the reports plural.
Probably in order to frustrate comparability and a united reaction from the Haringey Parks Forum, the Council has contrived to send reports on individual parks to the Chairs of the Friends Groups of individual parks.
This is an effective attempt to divide the groups, who have a common interest in defending parks.
I hope to upload the whole report on Finsbury Park (only), tomorrow, following a formal statement from the Friends of Finsbury Park: a registered Charitable Trust.
The poem is brilliant. I compare it with La Marseillaise.
HERE is the Green Flag Report on Finsbury Park, by Keep Britain Tidy.
For a period, it had been concealed by Haringey. At the time of writing, a number of other such Reports on parks controlled by the Council remain suppressed, with an intention to trickle them out.
There is attached the original Report and a copy in which I have highlighted parts in yellow.