of Chiswick House demand action
expresses frustration at "disgraceful" state of of the
a recent letter to Mr Nick Pratt, Commissioning Officer at LBH,
The Friends of Chiswick House conveyed their frustration at the
lack of action taken to combat continuing tide of destruction and
degeneration at Chiswick House Grounds. The house and grounds are
a cherished and widely used area of Chiswick that has, in recent
times, fallen into disrepair.
CIP have frequently claimed to be inadequately funded to provide
the level of care and security that the Grounds now require. The
Friends of Chiswick House believe that not only are the funds provided
by LBH inadequate to allow what has deteriorated to be restored;
they are inadequate to hold the Grounds at the present sorry level
of disrepair. They add that unless this situation is rectified the
vandalism and deterioration will continue.
They deem that recent events (e.g. vandalism of cricket pavilion)
have provided solid evidence for their argument for better funding
and believe that it is now up to Mr Pratt to secure an adequate
level of funding for CIP to do their job fittingly.
for the Friends said, "the Friends feel that the situation
in the Grounds is disgraceful. It seems that not a penny has been
spent on it since September. In these winter months, it is a dangerous
and dirty place to walk."
House Friends is a charitable trust established in 1984 to assist
in the conservation, enhancement, protection and support of Chiswick
House and its grounds.
January 23, 2003
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