Tooting residents can enjoy another green open space this summer

Published: Wednesday 12th April 17

Residents in Tooting will be able to enjoy another green open space this summer.

Following requests from people living in the area, the council has decided to open up Fishponds playing fields for a trial period so that local people can use and enjoy it over the summer.

Normally the playing fields, which are bordered by Fishponds Road, Hebdon Road and Broadwater Road, are only accessible to sports clubs that have made a pitch booking.

However in order to make better use of this green amenity, the council has decided that whenever there is a pitch booking, and a member of staff is on site, the playing fields can be used by all other local residents as a neighbourhood park.

These arrangements will come into effect on Monday, April 24 and continue until Sunday, September 3.

People can check when the playing fields will be open for their use throughout the summer months by visiting www.enablelc.org/fishponds where details of pitch bookings/opening times will be published.

The gates to the playing fields will remain locked at all other times to prevent them being affected by anti-social behaviour. People are also being advised that dogs are not permitted on the playing fields at any time.

A letter has been delivered to properties that back on to the playing fields, outlining the trial arrangements and providing contact details for them to report any problems or issues that arise.

A review of these arrangements will be held in the autumn. The impact on surrounding homes, levels of anti-social behaviour and ensuring that the sports pitches are protected from damage will determine whether or not the initiative continues next year. 

If significant problems are encountered during the trial period the council retains the right to bring these arrangements to an immediate end.

The council’s environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This green space could provide an important local amenity for people living nearby.

“We are very lucky to have so many parks, commons and open spaces in Wandsworth and its great they are used and enjoyed by so many local people. If we can add to that number by opening up these playing fields over the summer months then that will be great news for people living in this part of Tooting.

“We do however need to make sure that those living very close to the playing fields are not subject to any level of anti-social behaviour, which is why we’re conducting this pilot scheme to see how well it works.”

People can submit comments on the trial scheme by emailing parks@enablelc.org

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