I have seen it written all over the newspapers that the Greengrocer is going to close in Camphill. Quite right, it is. The community however are not happy about this at all.
This is a graphic which is doing the rounds at the protest, which continues, at the moment.
The Co-op prices are far higher than any other local outlet which stocks similar items. Stock lines that can be directly compared to the Greengrocers are about 40% higher.
A big point of annoyance for the residents is that at Alan and Jeans you can buy any item in single quantities. From the Co-op you must buy a pack. This leads to wasted money, wasted food, and extra recycling!
And they call this progress!
The image below is the one chosen by the protesters as best defining how they feel about the Pride in Camp Hill regeneration initiative and its board in particular.
Many of the residents of Camphill who signed the original petition to save the Greengrocer were of the opinion that the whole regeneration of Camphill needed taking a look at. They felt that their opinions and desires were ignored from the start.
Community champions were offered a place at the meetings but under the condition that anything said or heard while at the meeting was confidential and therefore could not be discussed with other residents. Such restrictions are considered Zimbabwean in Camphill and are rejected out of hand by residents.
Residents want to have their own community forum which is free to discuss whatever it likes and have the Pride in Camp Hill board attend their meetings. They want Pride in Camp Hill to take their direction from the residents instead of the existing, ‘listen then ignore’ policy.
There are many areas of concern for the residents. Some of which will be very unpopular with the current board.
Oh Dear – What a shame!
The residents of Camphill are not best pleased at having their community broken up.
They do not want their local shops forced to close by a big business monopoly.
They do not want massive new housing schemes which double the housing density of the area whilst simultaneously destroying the quality of life.
Having taken a look at the constitution of the Pride in Camp Hill initiative the protesters now feel that they have found their way forward.
They are in the early stages of compiling a petition to have the head of the regeneration project removed. This is achievable if they can obtain more than fifty percent of the signatures available within the Camphill area.
Protesters will be hitting the streets soon.