Wimbledon Park Update

The Wimbledon Park sub committee recently met Cllr Stephen Alambritis, the leader of Merton Council, for a friendly walk around Wimbledon Park. Cllr Terry Walsh accompanied the group and brought greetings from Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council. The walk took about two hours and much was discussed and seen. Cllr Alambritis also received unprompted but relevant comments from a couple of passers by. Pat Sheerin took the opportunity to resubmit a petition on speeding cyclists supported by 175 signatures.

As a result we hope progress will be made on getting a proper consultative process under way. At this time we also became aware of Merton’s application for planning permission for a Winter Wonderland event over Christmas and New Year, incorporating an ice rink, refreshments and child fun fair rides from Saturday 3rd December to Sunday 15th January. At the time of writing there are already a number of objections on Merton’s planning website where there are more details. The date for considering this application is on the 8th December!

TFL are to take over a significant part of the park by the railway line so that work can be undertaken on the embankment. This should be finished around March time when the site will be returned to its muddy state. Despite asking we haven’t received any information about the date of planning application for the seasonal car park at Revelstoke Road car park. Many residents will want to comment on this and we will try to get the details of the planning number and proposal circulated in a timely manner.

We have set up a group called Residents Around Wimbledon Park (RAWP) mainly between ourselves and Wimbledon Park Residents Association (WPRA). We hope this will be the forerunner to enabling constructive dialogue between residents, park users and park owners and may lead to a ‘Friends of Wimbledon Park’.

Nick Steiner
SGRA WP Subcommittee