Often it can be frustrating for councillors just as much as residents when it comes to coping with the council bureaucracy. The replanting of trees along the diagonal path in Ravenscourt Park is something that has been agreed to not merely for months but years. Agreement is one thing. Implementation is another. There would be meetings. There would be emails. The ward councillors would push. The Friends of Ravenscourt Park would push. Tim Harvey of Ravenscourt Gardens would push. But nothing was planted.
Small victories like this are very heartening. It shows that even in opposition that councillors working with their residents can make a difference with enough persistence.
As Teddy Kennedy used to say:
“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”