Friday 18 June 2004 10.02am
Lots - come to our AGM!
I think I have posted most of the history on the forum at various stages. However in brief.
- we started in 2000 to fight off proposals to build a private tennis centre on the park. Our aims are to preserve and protect the park and to encourage its use.
- discovered that the lease (Church Commissioners own, Lambeth has the lease) had run out and so the land was available for development, plus there was lots of regeneration and other money in the area.
- got a professional management plan drawn up which includes 40 proposals to update facilities in the park (cafe, toilets, smaller but better play equipment, safety features, and effectively make up for 25 years of no investment - for example the play equipment is now 15 years old when normal lifespan is only 7 years.)
- managed to pursuade the Church Commissioners that a policy of simply sitting there without a lease until they had the chance of developing the land was not a good policy as it was preventing any investment. (Simon Hughes
and Kate Hoey
asked questions in parliament and were preparing an early day motion.)
- now we are working with quite a lot of people to implement parts of the management plan.
We have done our best through consultation events, user interviews, and targetted questioning to make sure we have picked up the views and concerns of the range of park users. It has never been the intention of Friends of Archbishops Park to dictate what should happen, but instead enable park users to determine the future of the park.
Hope that helps.