Substantial local opposition to the Council's plans from shopkeepers who fear the impact of introducing a new cafe and residents who either don't like the thought of losing the trees or the impact of more rubbish and rats generated by the new facilities that the Planning Inspectorate has stepped in to look at whether it should give the Council the go ahead.
The Planning Inspectorate earlier told the Council it's original publicity about the changes was "deficient" and forced it to re-issue notices to local people.
Several deputations of local residents are expected to take part in the hearings at Hammersmith Town Hall and the results known, hopefully, shortly afterwards.
Here's what doughty local campaigner Viv James of the Macfarlane Residents Association has to say:
Surely businesses around the green that offer café services already are against the idea of another outlet to compete against? The SBMarket needs the business too so why create another source of litter on what is fundamentally a glorified roundabout? SB Ward councillors have been silent on this project, and I have not heard or read anything from the Town Centre Manager either".However speaking to me a couple of months ago Councillor Greg Smith said this about the trees (he refers to the Green as the "Common"):
"There are currently 102 trees on the Common. We will be planting 34 additional large specimen trees, including 4 Oak, 19 London Plane, 6 Silver birches and 5 flowering cherry. We are planning for the future by introducing boulevard tree planting that will establish itself to take the place of trees that eventually will die. (Our tree survey indicated that the perimeter trees have a life expectancy of just another 40 years). However, the number of trees to be felled has been reduced from the originally planned 20 to 12. In all, this will mean a net gain of 22 trees for the Common"