7 This site represents 0.35ha of land used by the Southwark Equestrian Association for the Disabled. Approximately half of the site is a hardsufaced area used for parking and storage by the stables and including a small single storey building used for the storage of furniture, clothing and toys in association with the Mayor of Southwark's Common Good Trust. The other half of the site is a paddock used for exercising horses on a day to day basis. The Mayor was not aware of this level of use by the stables when he previously advised Southwark Council that he was minded to withdraw his direction.
8 The stables have occupied this land for eighteen years on the basis of a one month notice period with the agreement of Ideal Homes. The land has very recently been transferred from Ideal Homes to Southwark Council as part of a 1988 s106 agreement. The stables had been in ongoing negotiations with the Council to try and formalise their use of the land, although it is understood that Southwark Council withdrew from these negotiations at the end of last year.
9 It has become apparent that the stables can not function without a significant portion of the piece of land that Southwark are offering to develop as public open space. The stables need to retain an area for storage and parking and require a segregated area for the horses to exercise. It would be unfortunate if the stables suffered as a consequence of turning the whole of the site into open space. Therefore, providing public access to the site, while taking into account the stables requirements, and creating an attractive environment for both the stables and public to enjoy is considered more appropriate that transforming the whole of the land into parkland.
Hey Jojo - if I may be so familiar, there are horses in SE11, at the Vauxahll City Farm and they do riding lessons. You don't need to be disabled. Its on the opposite side of Spring Gardens from the Vauxhall Tavern.
Hope it's OK to butt in here! After extensive research I think the best place for nice well trained horses and good facilities in central London is in Lea Bridge Road, Hackney Marshes. Not far by car but not exactly local! Shame really but there is just not enough green space for horses in SE1.
Vauxhall Farm is a nice afternoon for children, pigs, ducks,chickens, a welcome break from the harsh concrete of london, my grand daughter loved it. we spent half an hour waiting for the guinea pigs to join the rabbits! then after four hours she still did not want to come home.
The stables up St James Road are a private stable, i know someone who had a horse there, there wasnt anywhere to excercise or graze the horses and they looked really bored, if i had mine there it would be bonkers by now. I think they do weddings or something and they got baby guinea pigs.