MICO blasts Kingston Council after failing to attend public meeting on New Malden’s Cocks Crescent and Fountain roundabout plans

Members of a campaign group have blasted Kingston Council for failing to send officers to a public meeting on redevelopment plans in New Malden – even though about 200 residents attended.

The Malden Independent Community Organisation (MICO) organised a meeting at the Malden Centre, in Blagdon Road, on Saturday, hoping council officers would attend to talk through proposals to redevelop the Fountain Roundabout and Cocks Crescent.

The council is currently running consultations into demolishing the roundabout as part of the mini-Holland programme and a draft planning document on the Cocks Crescent site.

 

But no officers attended the meeting, despite 200 residents attending to put forward questions to the council.

Mary Clark, New Malden councillor and MICO member, said: “There is no reason why they couldn’t have come to the Malden Centre – if I was one of the administration it would be different. They were given ample notice, they were given two weeks in fact.

“What have they got to be suspicious of? We just want a consultation that’s done properly. They don’t like us because we are bringing the truth to the attention of the public.

“We had to start turning people away, it was amazing. Even [on Sunday] we had another 25 people ringing saying they couldn’t come.”

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