People power saves Deptford Park from proposed artificial 3G Pitch

As objections raised during consultation cause other sites to be sought...

Football pitch, Deptford Park | Photo credit: © Stephen Craven / CC BY-SA 2.0

Following the consultation on the proposal to build a full-size state-of-the-art 3G football pitch with floodlights, on the site of the old running track that currently gets used for football. And the ruckus this caused at the Evelyn Local Assembly meeting on Saturday 31 October 2015.

Maya Onyett, Volunteering and Cultural Participation Manager, sent an update stating:

“A number of objections were raised during the consultation which all essentially focused on the disproportionate impact that a project of this nature would have on a relatively small Victorian park.
As such it has been decided not to proceed with the Deptford Park project and consider other sites to deliver much-needed facilities across the borough.”

The proposal if it had been supported would have seen the pitch built by October this year.

At the Evelyn Assembly it was pointed out that though the young people of the ward in Deptford backed the idea of an Astroturf football pitch earlier last year when they were asked what activities they were interested in. It would make more sense upgrading the existing ones rather than take over a huge part of the park.

Thus the search for suitable venues for all-weather pitches by Lewisham Council and funded by the Football Foundation and the London Football Association will have to continue.

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