Leader of Southwark Council: “I have now told these people twice in the clearest terms that they will never build on or remove any MOL at Greendale.” FOBP welcomes his statement. Concerned locals should attend developer’s meeting about future of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club.

MEETING TO BE HELD:

Saturday July 19, 2014. Future of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club (and associated fields).

10.00 am to 3.00 pm, 19th July. Dulwich Hamlet Football Club Edgar Kail Way London SE22 8BD.

BACKGROUND

On June 30, Dr. Martin Heath, Chair of the Friends of Belair Park contacted Southwark councillors Barrie Hargrove (Cabinet Member for Public Health, Parks and Leisure) and Peter John (Leader of Southwark Council). He passed on an email which had been sent to him as a campaigner for green open space. It had explained representatives of various local bodies had been:

“invited on a walkabout around the Greendale fields this morning with Steve Lancashire from PR company “Four Communications” and Roger Lee, an architect from “Farrells”. They wanted to hear what we had to say about the future of Greendale. They are trying to gauge public opinion so that they can draw up some plans with the new owners of the football club (property developer’s “Hadley”).”

The email from a Greendale local went on to comment that:

“They weren’t giving much away but they did say a few interesting things:

* their plans include not only the current stadium site but also the Metropolitan Open Land of the Greendale fields
* their keyword seems to be “improvement”
* they have noted that Peter John (leader of Southwark Council) has talked about “no encroachment” on MOL.”

Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council wrote back promptly:

Please be reassured. I have now told these people twice in the clearest terms that they will never build on or remove any MOL at Greendale.”

The Friends suggest that local people who are concerned about the Greendale fields attend the event on July 19 and reinforce this message about MOL.

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2 responses to “Leader of Southwark Council: “I have now told these people twice in the clearest terms that they will never build on or remove any MOL at Greendale.” FOBP welcomes his statement. Concerned locals should attend developer’s meeting about future of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club.

  1. Mr Britton

    These Friends of Belair Park & the Council are luddits this proposed development ,if this improves this terrible site that has had in the past cans bottles various bits of house furniture white goods & a few needles on it .I do hope that they look at this deveopment without the bias that they have already stated .

  2. Dear Mr Britton,

    I thank you for your letter, which we are pleased to publish.

    You misunderstand our position. Luddites, respectfully, are not relevant.. They opposed technology on the grounds (back before there was either a welfare state or NHS to fall back on) that it would remove people’s livelihood. No small dilemma! I wonder how I or you would have felt or what side we would have taken back in the 19th C, even if our own lives in the 21st C benefit in innumerable ways from technology.

    We believe that open greenspace is of fundamental value to the physical and psychological wellbeing of Londoners and will become of ever more urgent importance as urban infill proceeds. That is all we have said so far, by the way. In general terms, rubbish on green sites is a reason to ensure that they are cleaned up and managed properly, not an excuse for development. However, my colleagues and I shall study the proposals and look at their social context before we decide upon a response.

    Regards, Martin Heath (Chair, Friends of Belair Park).

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