I just spoke to French, and it turns out that our Elected Officials in Aldershot have taken it upon themselves to bull-dose the park and destroy the hard work of all those who have been involved in the DIY creation the day before the Laupside fundraiser Jam. In the last few months Laupside has grown peacefully and steadily, with the enthusiasm and encouragement of the local police force, as well as locals whom have seen it as an opportunity to build something positive within the Aldershot skateboard scene (on the waste ground used in the past only for junkies and prostitution), where facilities are seriously lacking, or badly maintained (to the point where the Mini ramp is now a serious danger).
The Jam tomorrow was not going to be an illegal rave, nor would it have been a drunken brawl. What it would have been was a celebration of what creative minds, and positive hearts can do when they put the heads together. It is a sorry shame that before it could even prove itself, Laupside was destroyed. A case of ‘If you are going to have some fun without my permission, then i am going to break all your toys before you get the chance’. I am sure that if the officials at the council were of a more mature level, they would have contacted French or Laup (who’ numbers they have) and discussed an alternative to the Jam, or offered some conditions, and something could have been agreed that would have made everybody happy, and probably would have seen the council re-elected.
Still don’t lose heart, we are all still going down there tomorrow and there will be a Jam of some kind. We are strong, and it takes a little more than a few ‘holy shit, they destroyed the entire park!’ to put us off. Besides, the local and county papers are coming down at 12 o’clock as they are very interested to run a story on how the council has its priorities all wrong.
If you can’t make it, or you think you’d like to voice your opinion (which is your right as a British citizen) then please feel free to contact Phil Stone at Rushmoor County Council on 01252 398 398, or you can email him on – firstname.lastname@example.org
SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!!!!