A local councillor is calling on the community to come together following claims from a Garston resident that councillors “are out of touch.”
Cllr Amanda Grimston from Watford Borough Council (WBC) made the plea to GarstonNews after a resident slammed councillors for claiming to host Garston Park’s first funday in over 60 years.
Brian Chisholm, who has lived in Garston for more than 30 years, says local councillors “have no personal knowledge of the area” after WBC claimed the funday they hosted this summer was to the park’s first in six decades.
He says that the Friends of Garston Park (FGP) regularly hosted fundays with the last taking place in 2010.
Brian is dismayed that the hard work of volunteers of FGP has been forgotten all too easily and that it highlights how out of touch councillors are.
He told GarstonNews: “I am quite upset about this as members of FGP worked hard to host our fundays and they were popular.
“The last one was in 2010, so not all too long ago, and it is a sad fact that the current councillors representing the area have no personal knowledge of Garston and appear to have no background information or not bothered to look it up
“I hope that the error can be corrected and credit be given to the hard working committee that slogged for years with diminishing numbers to look after the well being of the park.”
Cllr Amanda Grimston in response told GarstonNews: “I would like to apologise to Brian and to the FGP as they did a wonderful job of hosting a funday back in 2010.
“Our funday was the first organised by WBC in 60 years but of course Brian and the team of volunteers have hosted funday since then.
“I want the community to come together for the good of Garston and the park.
“Plans are underway to improve the park and it would be great to have as many people on board as possible.
“I invite anyone interested in getting involved in the improvement work to contact me. I am passionate about Garston and Watford as I have lived locally all my life and believe together we can achieve great things with the park.”