Meeting over Havelock Road recreation ground postponed after outcry

PUBLISHED: 12:05 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:05 11 February 2015




A MEETING to discuss controversial plans to trash a recreation ground in Bromley to build a new school has been postponed in the wake of fierce opposition.

Hundreds of people have signed a petition against the construction of a permanent building for the La Fontaine Free School on the Havelock Road recreation ground.

Bromley council’s executive was to debate the proposals tomorrow night, but the item has been removed from the agenda, presumably to be reinstated at the next meeting.

The plans involve around four acres of the park - approximately half its area.

Kerry Hood, chair of the Friends of Havelock Road Recreation Ground, said:

“This is about saving our recreation ground for the future of the community, by whom it is greatly treasured.

“Here we can play games, run around, walk our dogs, sledge, or just walk into the middle and take in the joys of the lovely wide vista.”

“Please consider using one of the empty office buildings as a permanent home for this niche interest school. Please do not impose even more traffic congestion on an area that is already congested.”

Even the council’s own report says that the area does not have enough parks.

Penny Neal, who also lives nearby, added: “We use the park as a safe place for our children to play football and be close enough to be kept an eye on - and for street gatherings, picnics and children’s parties.

“It is also access for the emergency services as our houses are mainly terraced.

“In the summer, for the people in the flats on Homesdale Road, it is their garden. This application goes against the council’s much advertised policy on biodiversity.”

At present, the school is in temporary accommodation at Princes Plain School.

It can only stay there until next July, as Princes Plain wants to expand, and the council says there is nowhere else for it to go.

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