Thursday, 28 January 2016

Lewisham Council scraps plans for 3G pitch in Deptford Park

The recent consultation by Lewisham Council over plans to build an all-weather football pitch in Deptford Park did not go down well with local residents and park users.

In fact it created sufficient opposition to galvanise said residents into forming a group called Deptford Folk: Friends of Folkestone Gardens & Deptford Park.

They are today celebrating their first major victory, with the council announcing that it does not intend to proceed with the plans for the football pitch as a result of the opposition.

The council said: 

'A number of objections were raised during the consultation which all essentially focused on the disproportionate impact that a project of this nature would have on a relatively small Victorian park. As such it has been decided not to proceed with the Deptford Park project and consider other sites to deliver much needed facilities across the borough.'

Hopefully this will give the new organisation a boost and help them to grow and gain more local support. Personally I'm delighted there's a new group focussed on this part of Deptford - I've not visited Deptford Park much but I regularly go through Folkestone Gardens and am often saddened by the neglect and abuse this little park suffers. Of which more later.

In the meantime for anyone who wants to get involved with Deptford Folk, they are holding their first AGM on Saturday 13th February at Deptford Park Playclub.

More information on the websiteFacebook page and Twitter account.


DeptfordFolk said...

Delighted this terrible idea has been given the red-card. Just shows it's worth responding to consultations. Don't worry we intend to work on Folkestone Gardens too. Anyone who lives near or uses Deptford Park & Folkestone Gardens is welcome to join the group on Facebook, Twitter or the mailing list AGM 10am Saturday 13th Feb @ Deptford Park PlayClub.

Anonymous said...

This is very encouraging for local residents, we really need to get together in bigger numbers to get Lewisham Council to listen to residents concerns about localissues. If anyone would like to add their comments to the campaign to improve Cold Blow Lane - particularly the section under the railway bridges then please visit our Facebook page

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