Have your say on how best to spend £300k on improvements at Fred Wells Gardens

Published: Friday, January 25, 2019

A public consultation will begin next week to gauge people’s priorities for how best to spend more than £300,000 on improving a small park in Battersea along with its children’s playground.

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The council’s open spaces contractor Enable Leisure and Culture will be seeking the public’s views on the best way to spend £316,000, which has been earmarked for a series of improvements at Fred Wells Gardens in Vicarage Crescent.

Fred Wells Gardens

The consultation will begin this coming Monday – February 28 – and to help explain the proposals in more detail staff from Enable are holding two drop-in sessions next week where people can ask questions and find out more about the plans. These face-to-face sessions will be held at the Katherine Low Settlement, 108 Battersea High Street at the following times: 

• Wednesday, January 30 - 11am to 2pm
• Saturday, February 2 – 12noon to 3pm

There are two elements to the proposals. The first set are classed as works that are necessary to ensure the playground and other parts of the park remain properly maintained.

This includes replacing some child friendly soft surfacing in the playground, rebuilding walls undermined by tree roots and widening paths and stairways to ensure they are more family friendly for parents with buggies while also improving access for people with disabilities.

The second element includes a range of proposals for new play equipment or improvements and upgrades to what is already there, plus an option to resurface the tennis court, parts of which have sustained tree root damage.

The aim of the consultation is to identify any areas that have been missed in the first set of proposals and to then identify which among the second set are viewed as priorities by local people.

People can view the options and take part in the consultation by visiting https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/wandsworthecs/fred-wells-gardens-19

If people would like a paper copy of the consultation questionnaire they can email consult@wandsworth.gov.uk or contact the parks office on (020) 3959 0060.

The consultation will close on Sunday, March 24.