Sample Letter 5

I want to register my strongest protest against Lambeth Council’s mismanagement of the precious resource that is Clapham Common.  In particular, at the way in which they allow commercial enterprises to profit from holding events on the Common which are only open to those who pay and result in large areas being out of bounds to local residents who rely on this open space for their wellbeing (and sanity in recent times).  Moreover, by allowing the Common to be overused in this way extensive repair and restoration becomes necessary which is used as an excuse to cordon off significant parts of the Common.

Accordingly, I urge the Secretary of State to refuse approval for Lambeth’s application to fence off areas of the Common during the summer holidays from 21 to 26 July and from 19 August to 9 September.