Category Archives: Local Campaigns

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

The Southfields Plaza Cinema Steering Group News

A letter from Rob Richman Acting Chairman
The Southfields Plaza Steering Group

Dear Supporter,

A big thank you to all of you who have taken time to complete our questionnaire following our open meeting at St Barnabas Church on 30th November.  As promised we have collated the results and have presented them on our web-site –  We have included a summary of the multiple choice questions and also published in full all suggestions and comments that we received. The questionnaire remains on our web-site for anyone that still wants to complete it.

Justine Greening received in excess of 130 e-mails and she has forwarded these to Indigo Planning.  Justine has also written to the owners of the site, Gresham Pensions Trustees Limited, Indigo Planning, their planning consultants and Dixon Wright, their commercial agents encouraging them to engage with us.

We believe, if all the parties take part in meaningful discussions, that a first class development can be achieved that satisfies the needs of the people of Southfields, the planning regulations, a good commercial return for the owners and produce a vibrant sustainable asset for our community.

In the meantime we are keeping a close eye so if a Planning Application is made we will let you know.

Yet again thank you to everyone that has taken such a keen interest in our campaign and shown extraordinary support and commitment.

May I and all of us at the Southfields Plaza Group wish a peaceful New Year.

Rob Richman

Here follows a posting dated 01 December 2011

Dear Plaza Supporter,
Thank you so much to all those who were able to join our Open Meeting on a cold November night (about 400 people) and to those others who emailed to say they could not make it but sent their messages of support(over 100 emails). Even though we had picked a bigger venue than last year it was still standing room only!

It was a fantastic evening and has reinforced our belief that the community is fully  behind the concept of a cinema and theatre along the lines of our vision.  Together we must all protect the D2 (assembly, leisure) space in its entirety and over the next few months we will be guiding you on how we can all work together to achieve this.

First and foremost and with her full consent please write a brief email to Justine Greening MP at

Show your support for the retention of the D2 space in full and that you are against any change of use to retail. If you also agree with our plans please also stipulate that. Justine will make sure Indigo Planning receive these emails.

We will be updating the web-site as soon as we can to report on the feedback we received, please bear with us as there is quite a lot to go through. If you want to complete our feedback questionnaire on-line follow the link on our front page at

Once again thank you for all you support, which is essential to help us deliver our goal.