Current public access to the New River Head Key site gardens is causing a number of problems for the residents of the site.
The Nautilus and Rose Gardens at the New River Head Key Site were not designed with public safety in mind. They are entirely funded by residents of the site and Islington Council provides no cleaning, care, maintenance, repairs or safety patrols for the gardens. Indeed, the police refuse to attend the Nautilus or Rose Gardens as they are deemed 'private property'.
Since enforced increased public access to the Nautilus and Rose Gardens in 2012, NRH Key Site residents have had to pay the price - both financially and emotionally - for the following:
- wear and tear from members of the public to paths and plants
- increased litter
- dog dirt
- threatening and anti-social behaviour
- loss of privacy
ANY INCREASED ACCESS WOULD EXACERBATE THESE PROBLEMS AND COSTS.
Furthermore, there is the very serious issue issue of liability: what happens if a member of the public is injured in one of the gardens?
For all of these reasons, WE OBJECT IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS TO ANY PROPOSAL TO INCREASE PEDESTRIAN OR OTHER ACCESS TO THE NEW RIVER HEAD KEY SITE GARDENS.