Agreed, Burgess Park seriously needs transforming. It was the last big park by the GLC but the scale was way too big for the budget. Chumleigh Gardens is nice and there is the occasional nice spot in the park but on the whole it's such a desolate, uninspiring place.
Since Cllr Barber chose not to add my comment on his 'blog' I'll repeat it here! ;-p
Cllr Barber suggested that Burgess Park be made a Royal Park so I informed him that I wrote to Prince Charles two years ago to ask that he consider such an idea.
Unfortunately I got a very brief letter back saying that as it would require an Act of Parliament he was not prepared to consider it. I did highlight the fact that it was very damaging for the monarchy that all of the city's Royal Parks are in some of London's most exclusive postcodes, but he was unmoved. Instead I got passed on to the CEO of the Royal Parks Agency who offered a couple of days of a member of his team's time to help the Council's parks department identify other funding! :-S
I'm not convinced that royal patronage would be good for the park now, i only suggested it for the prospect of extra investment and now the Council may get it elsewhere from the Mayor. It's a deserving case and the money would really help a park that is important to the whole of the borough.
Burgess Park had been due to get millions of pounds in improvement work as part of the Cross River Tram scheme, so now thats in doubt, this would be a timely boost for its future....fingers crossed that Boris delivers on this one!