— Councillor Colin McGerty
On Sunday 13 May 2018, local residents gathered to mark the impending demolition of one of the area's most beautiful houses, "York House" (292 Hills Road) and to protest about the impending demolition of "Raylands" (291 Hills Road), despite the plans for its replacement having been rejected by the city council.
Here are photos and videos from the event, including speeches from local resident Sam Davies and city councillor Colin McGerty. Although unable to stop the demolitions, it was important not to let these buildings' losses pass unnoticed.
Some councillors are shrugging their shoulders and saying: "What can we do?". Others, from across the political parties, are not. The speeches in the videos below give us some ideas as to what we might do next.
(Above) WATCH THIS VIDEO (click to begin, 8 mins): "Given this combination of rampant developer greed and inadequate planning protection, what can we as residents do to protect our neighbourhoods?" - Sam Davies (Hills Road resident)
(Below) WATCH THIS VIDEO (click to begin, 2 mins): "The announcement that they want to demolish 291 (Hills Road) is announcing that they are now at war with you openly. They don't care what you think, or what kind of a neighbourhood you want to live in." - Colin McGerty (Queen Edith's City Councillor)
Video credits: Antony C. • Photo credits: Antony C, Justin P, Chris R