Vote for your SE1 park

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Monday 1 December 2008 12.18pm

it seems as though there is some grant money available to improve London parks. It would be good if it went to an SE1 park - you can vote here:
Tuesday 9 December 2008 1.53pm
Concerns about the voting process:

Whilst the intention of getting people involved is admirable, it does seem slightly unseemly to hand out public money on the basis of who can make the most noise to attract attention rather than on the basis of need and who has the best proposals.

Meanwhile Southwark Council has launched a Facebook group to build support for Burgess Park to get the larger 2 million grant:

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Tuesday 9 December 2008 2.21pm
Tabard park needs a lot of money spent for small children. A nice covered sandpit for a start..soo many projects involve older children now days they forget the out door play for little ones to play safely, especially for flat dwellers.

Why are you restricted to voting for specific parks?
Tuesday 9 December 2008 2.41pm
The borough councils had to nominate the parks to City Hall for inclusion in the public vote.

Southwark put forward three - Camberwell Green, Dickens Square and something called Bankside Park (a patchwork of small parks allied with - but not to be confused with - Bankside Urban Forest).

Here's the officers' report:

Only the first two made it onto the final shortlist.

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Tuesday 9 December 2008 3.12pm
If you care about Burgess Park and want to get involved in efforts to improve it, please come along to the Friends of Burgess Park Christmas Party at 7pm this evening at the Community Sports Centre on Cobourg Road.

The Friends of Burgess Park is currently a relatively small group, but trying to build up a network of people who can contribute time, ideas, skills or enthusiasm to bring about improvements in the park.

For more information see here:
Friday 12 December 2008 2.11am
Can I vote for the North Camberwell CPZ? What a great park; if u're a resident it means priority ahead of traders, health visitors and anything else that might bring outside investment to that desolate inner city area - heck, those intruders will get fined just for trying to park. Permits are a steal too - 90 per year. Where else can you buy a annual monopoly on Zone 2 public space for that kind of cash?
Wednesday 14 January 2009 12.54pm
From a flyer I have received through the door:

"Dickens Square is in the running to receive one of 10 grants being awarded in the Mayor of London's Help a London Park campaign.

"There are 47 parks taking part in a public vote and the ten parks receiving the most votes with be given a grant of 400,000.

"Dickens Square is a group of small open spaces, rich in bird life. A grant would help to link all the, improve spaces together; develop an attractive garden, improve access, signage, lighting and intall a cafe by the adventure playground"

Vote at
Wednesday 14 January 2009 1.39pm
iirc, they've announced the shortlist, and Dickens Park isn't on it (but Burgess Park is)

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 14 January 2009 1.46pm
There are two separate competitions. The short list that has been announced is for the major 2 million award for which Burgess Park is a contender.

The vote for the ten 400 000 awards is still open and will continue until the 30 January. You can still vote for Dickens Square.

The results for both competitions will be announced in February.
Wednesday 14 January 2009 2.20pm
The council is hosting an event on Friday in Dickens Square to encourage people to vote:

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