This Monday (15th December) the Leader of Lambeth Council will sign a new 40 year lease for Archbishops Park.
It really has been three and a half years of hard slog but SE1 gets to keep its largest park.
On top of that we have just been granted some money from Lambeth Riverside SRB for the weekly football scheme we run and some new play equipment, and we are waiting to hear about a grant from Cross River Partnership that will to allow our group of volunteers help in the form of professional support to move forward on the Park management plan. This plan, written a year ago, involves 50 proposals for improved facilities and aims to capture some of the funding available in the area to ensure that the park is best able cope with the increased demand for green space and leisure and recreation facilities in this increasingly built up area.
And more. Riverside Community Development Trust are working with Lambeth Social Services on a proposal to turn the redundant park keepers house into cafe for park users including local office and hospital workers, that will also be a training centre to help give people employable skills.
The big signing is taking place at the Florence Nightingale Museum from 1.00pm. Andrea Lake in the Lambeth Council Press office is handling the press side of things, but if anyone knows any journalists that might be interested in a green space, or urban regeneration, or 'local mums take on, well, just about everyone and win' type story, we want our pictures in the paper. Not just because I've had my hair cut, but also to give momentum to the rest of the process.
In the meantime thanks to everyone, including James. Plus TLMJJ who astutely recognised when alcohol was needed.
Though forget me - I want some journo's there. So Lurkers and all. If you know any journalists who might be interested, give them a call.
A few good press clippings will help our fund raising - and we are after £2.5 million. No limit to our ambitions here. But then as many earlier threads have noted there is a shortage of recreational sports facilities, places for Waterloo kids to go and more. Plus facilities to serve the hospital including its new children's wing.
And lets not forget the impact on the value of my house....