Sport facility officially opens at Witley Point as part of the regeneration of the Alton Estate

Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Jane Cooper, has opened a £250,000 refurbishment of a multi-use games area (“MUGA”) as part of the Alton regeneration. Children from Heathmere School were invited to a socially-distanced opening event featuring mural painting, daffodil painting and the construction of a bug hotel to encourage wildlife.

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Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Jane Cooper, with local children who helped design the MUGU.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Deputy Leader Cllr Kim Caddy said: “I’m excited and pleased the MUGA has opened as it is a key part of our plans for the regeneration of the Alton Estate”

“The regeneration will deliver 285 new council homes – and increase of more than 120 - but this opening demonstrates regeneration is about more than just housing.

“Our plans for Alton will also deliver new community facilities, a new library, youth centre, GP surgeries, children's centre, children's nursery, community hall and shops and businesses space. However, regeneration is ultimately about people as well as buildings. Whilst this scheme will transform the lives of those that move into new homes, the wider community will benefit from the new jobs and training opportunities.”

Children from Heathmere School, the Roehampton Base and Chelsea Kicks played a vital role in designing the new facility, and even created their own designs out of polystyrene and modelling clay. Although it was not possible to incorporate a swimming pool or petting zoo within the final design, council officers were able to include bicycle storage, an inground trampoline, higher fencing and monkey bars.

The new facility also includes:

  • new footpaths
  • a resurfaced pitch 
  • a graffiti wall 
  • slides
  • new planting
  • seating

Cllr Caddy added: “This is just one more part of the jigsaw in delivering an ambitious building programme of 2,500 new homes by 2027, with at least 60 percent of them affordable.”