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Long Lane Pocket Park and Basketball Court

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Tuesday 4 August 2020 6.35pm
Contractors are currently surveying the triangular pocket park at the junction of Long Lane and Weston Street, and the nearby basketball court, on behalf of Southwark Council. The reason given was vague "collecting data on water retention, ground stability and uncharted utilities", however this is detailed 3-day survey (including bore hole, soil samples from depth and detailed measurements) must relate to potential development of both sites. If you're concerned about the potential loss of either of these amenities please contact your local councillor. Does anyone have any more information?
Tuesday 4 August 2020 8.39pm
From a couple of years ago consultation, Leathermarket JMB had the intention at one stage of moving their headquarters from Leathermarket Street (SE1 3HN) to the basketball site on the Elim Estate.

The draft plan showed having some kind of sports facility on the ground level and build their new headquarters above it. With that, they could release the former plot in Leathermarket Street to build a 10 storey residential building with 40 new homes on that site.

Also, they were proposing to build another residential building at the corner of Weston Street with Long Lane.

They don't have the overall plan available in the website but the memo released at that time was from a broader consultation to their local residents about their states in the area.

All could be potentially connected to the contractors and survey behind in Long Lane.
Wednesday 5 August 2020 10.21am
robhutchuk wrote:
If you're concerned about the potential loss of either of these amenities please contact your local councillor.

And yes, if this is likely the case, the community will lose their open basketball court as well as the small piece of green open space with trees being chopped down (in my personal opinion, very common nowadays by Southwark's "environmental program", you just need to see the amount of trunks left cut all around the neighborhood).
Wednesday 5 August 2020 7.59pm
They were busy drilling holes in the court today, looks like they made a big hole - equipment left overnight.

I agree the loss of amenity will be severe, dozens of local kids use that court and playground nearby every day
Wednesday 5 August 2020 9.10pm
Consistent with Henry's comments I recently, probably within the last 4 to 8 weeks, saw a couple of surveyors measuring the heights of the buildings surrounding the JMB offices on Leathermarket Street and establishing the location of the utilities running through the playground behind the JMB office in Leathermarket Gardens. This work was specifically to do with the two storey JMB office building and not the refurbishment of the playground in Leathermarket Gardens.

Combined with the comments above it would seem like the JMB are preparing to move.

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