Sunninghill car park champ wins fight to enhance site
Published: 15 Jun 2014 12:300 comments
Jon Brodel has been tending the car park in Bowden Road for several months, planting flowers and picking up litter two or three times a day.
He even tries to grow passion flower vines on the metal fence that borders the car park to mask its “ugly” appearance. But Mr Brodel says the vines suffer accident by council workers using grass strimmers.
The last straw for him came when a popular 200-year-old tree that sits in the car park was cut down by the Royal Borough to make way for two extra parking spaces to alleviate growing demand.
This was despite Mr Brodel requesting the council keep the tree and being in the midst of gathering a 60-signature petition for it to stay.
Mr Brodel said: “All I wanted to do was make the place a bit nicer for everyone and the council seemed to be stopping me from doing that for one reason or another.
“No-one I spoke to wanted to see the tree cut down. It’s a very old tree and has a lot of character to it.”
In protest, a fellow resident removed a section of the surrounding metal fence.
The Royal Borough originally said it would be replacing the same section of fence but has since backtracked, following talks with Mr Brodel.
The two car park spaces were added on Tuesday.
The council says it will plant a new tree to replace the old one, in a different part of the car park.
Mr Brodel added: “I am really happy that they have decided to plant a new tree and not replace the fence – it all seems very positive.
“I feel a bit more supported by the council now. Before it was like I was just one person trying to do something but now I can carry on making the area look nice for everyone.”
Cllr Peter Comber, who represents Sunninghill and South Ascot on the Royal Borough, praised Mr Brodel, calling him “a super citizen and great for the community”.
“He does a fantastic job with the car park and making it look nice for everyone.
“The tree was a mix-up between the council and contractors so I will be keeping a close eye on everything from now on. He is a super guy and one of life’s great citizens.”
“I think he deserves an award for his efforts within the community.”