Plan for new Falcon Glade ‘pocket park’ in Battersea

Published: Friday 2nd August 13

The council is backing plans for a small new public open space on Battersea’s Falcon Estate.

How the new pocket park could look Proposals have been drawn up to reinvigorate and spruce up an underused piece of grassland on the estate to create a green oasis for local residents.

The spot, which could be named Falcon Glade, could undergo extensive landscaping and also benefit from the planting of new shrubs and wildflowers.

If the plans are approved, new seating would be provided, including seats around the trunks of some of the larger trees, while new pathways would be laid and fencing removed to open up the space and make it more welcoming.

A number of steps would be taken to promote greater biodiversity including the use of log piles, bird boxes and insect boxes to encourage other wildlife. Selective planting of flowers and shrubs to provide nectar, pollen, fruits and seeds would also contribute to the eco-food chain.

The proposals have been drawn up by the council's parks and housing departments plus Groundwork London following consultation with local residents and businesses and these have now been submitted to the Mayor for funding under his 'Pocket Parks' initiative.

If the Mayor backs the scheme he could provide up to half the £40,000 cost of the scheme, with the council funding the remainder.

The site is on the corner of Falcon Road and Falcon Terrace and is bordered by a railway bridge to the south and the housing estate to the north. It is currently covered in a thick tree canopy, making it dark and difficult for plants to grow.

The council's environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: "There is considerable potential for this site and with some well-thought-out landscaping, planting and seating, it could become Falcon Glade - the perfect place for people to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

"At the moment it rather dark and unwelcoming. Local people refer to it as a dead area and that is what we want to change. We want to bring it to life and with appropriate design and planning transform it into a green oasis for local people."

Housing spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis added: "We have now submitted our funding bid to the Mayor and hope that he will share our vision for this little corner of Clapham Junction.

"We believe that if these proposals get the Mayor's backing they could be of great benefit to people living on the estate."

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Recent comments

Great idea. The current area is not used at all, apart from a few individuals who let their dogs foul the little remaining patches of green grass on a regular basis. The dark corners seem to attract a lot of street drinkers who urinate In this public space. The paving in falcon terrace is shocking so hopefully this is being looked at as part of the proposal. May I propose for an additional CCTV camera to be installed to monitor the proposed little park and to deter the usual street drinkers, people that use the space as a toilet and all those un responsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets.
Stephan Kofler

5 August 2013