Love Parks: Friday deadline for comments on Furzedown Rec pavilion upgrade plan

Published: Tuesday 24th July 18

There’s still time for people living in the Furzedown area of Tooting to comment on plans that could see more than £100,000 invested in a local green space.

The council has set aside £111,000 for improvements to the vacant bowling pavilion at the Furzedown Recreation Ground – known locally as the Furzedown Rec.

Refurbishing the empty pavilion would mean it could be used by local people for a range of potential activities including children’s parties, local club and society meetings, homework clubs and other sports, educational and leisure uses.

The vacant clubhouse would be extensively refurbished

The recently formed local group the Friends of Furzedown Rec have already canvassed opinion in the area and found that two nearby primary schools, three fitness groups and ten community groups would be interested in hiring out a revamped pavilion.

Now local people are being asked if they support the idea. A public consultation on the proposals began on June 15 but concludes at the end of this week - Friday, July 27.

If approved, the cash for the pavilion’s upgrade would come from the Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF) - money the council has levied from developers to help pay for community and neighbourhood  infrastructure improvements in the borough.

Over the past three years more than £7.2m in WLF money has been spent on local initiatives including schemes to support safer communities, employment opportunities for young people, better pavements and improved playgrounds.

The pavilion could soon be used by schools, clubs and even hired for birthday parties

The pavilion proposal is just the first stage of a larger scale project to improve the recreational ground as a whole, which will be drawn up in partnership with the local community.

Parks and open spaces spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said: “If this plan receives the blessing of local people it would give the community another space to use for recreational events, workshops and activities.

“It would bring back into community use a building and green space that has been largely inaccessible to the wider public for much of the last 30 years. These improvements would help create a community hub that is family friendly and open to all. 

“A refurbished and modernised pavilion would be something that could offer real benefits to children, families, local groups, schools, clubs and the wider community.”

Furzedown Rec is a well used neighbourhood green space offering a well equipped children’s playground, tennis courts, picnic tables, ball game areas and a small skate board court. A young orchard offers a quiet shady spot for relaxation and a scattering of mature trees mark the boundaries.

To take part in the consultation please visit https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/parks-open-spaces/furzedown-18

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