Monday 17 August 2009 8.16am
People might be aware that Burgess Park
has just recieved £6m from the Mayor and Aylesbury New Deal for the first stage of its redevelopment.
At 50 hectares Burgess Park
is the largest park in the area. For those who dont know it lies on the border of SE1 on the opposite side of the Old Kent Road
to the large Tesco's at Dunton Road
Burgess is well used by locals but is not known across London or even probably to many in SE1. It can come across as rather scruffy mainly because it was formed by reclaiming old industrial sites as they became vacant and still shows a legacy of old access roads. On the other side this gives it a unique historical character and elements such as the old Surrey Canal path (and remaining bridge!). It also has great sporting facilties with new cricket, rugby, football (artificial and grass) and tennis pitches plus a large fishing lake and a good cafe and gardens.
The Council have already shortlisted five bids for the work - which includes the masterplan for developing the Park in the longer term - and will soon whittle this down to two. Public consultation will take place in September with a final design being chosen in October. All the bid documents can be found at http://www.southwark.gov.uk/YourServices/RegenerationSection/burgess/
To put my cards on the table, I am a member of Friends of Burgess Park
and with many others campaigned for this money. However, I have grave misgivings about the approach the Council is taken which seems more focused on landscaping the Park than with improving how people can use it.
It would be great to get others views on the park. SE1ers probably represent the largest untapped local user group for Burgess Park
. This process will set the direction of Burgess Park
for the next decade and so it is important that everyone who is interested makes their views felt on what they would like to see in the redevelopment, attend the consultations and/or contact the project manager Ruth Miller firstname.lastname@example.org