Thursday 5 July 2001 8.15pm
Slowly and surely they are chipping away at our green space. The green on Albert Embankment
has just disappeared to become a hotel lobby. There is a planning application affecting Jubilee Gardens
, and the judicial review of Lambeth Walk Open Space comes up next week.
If this were not enough, Lambeth have quietly put the parkkeepers house in Archbishops Park up for auction on 19 July. (For a guide price of only £300,000, so if you have the readies and fancy a detached house in a park near Waterloo.....) But this was once park and we do not have enough green space. If Lambeth really do need the money the obvious thing would be to tout it round possible buyers who might have put it to good community use. But youth scheme etc have not been informed and cannot raise this sort of money at such short notice.
Plus if it is ever decided that the park needs indoor services to support the outdoor, eg one oclock club, youth centre, resource centre for schools etc, the existing building will have gone and any new building will have to come from green space.
All this comes in the middle of Lambeth promoting consultation and democracy, yet did not bother to inform the park user group. Even though we are supposed to be working on a regeneration bid in partnership with them.
Local response has been strong. But the louder the voice the more Lambeth will understand how much green space means to people who have very little. E-mails to the Chief Executive Faith Boardman on FBoardman@lambeth.gov.uk or the Chair of the Environment Committee Cllr McGlone on PMcGlone@lambeth.gov.uk. Amazingly it seems that officials did not tell them of this decision, so there is every chance the auction will be stopped if we show we care about the retention of community assets.
Sarah, Chair, Friends of Archbishops Park
PS Two local councillors, Leslie Boodram (Lab) and Peter Truesdale
(LD) have written asking for this to be stopped. Some sanity up here. Less in Brixton.