Tennis Threads: A bumper ballot, a healthy surplus and a relaxed clothing rule for Wimbledon, but Park plans under continued fire
Barbara Wancke | Nov 20, 2022 | AELTC
"...Elsewhere, the campaign to block the Club’s plans for a major tennis facility on the green space adjacent to Church Road, which was part designed by Capability Brown and is Metropolitan Open Land, continues to grow.
The proposal to build an 8000-seater stadium and 37 grass courts for the Qualifying Competition in the park awaits a planning decision due to be made by Merton and Wandsworth Council early next year, having been postponed from this month.
If approved, building works could take over a decade to be completed.
Putney’s MP Fleur Anderson, whose constituency borders the area, is calling on her constituents to sign the petition opposing the development on Wimbledon Park, which has over 6,200 signatures to date.
In September, she released a statement with Stephen Hammond, the Conservative MP for Wimbledon, jointly objecting to the proposals.
“I have been working with local residents to oppose these inappropriate plans for our precious local green space,” Ms Anderson said. “Now more than ever, we all appreciate what our green space gives us and I want to see the maximum amount of space possible protected for public use.
“We only have these green spaces because people fought off developers, and this is our generation’s fight to save this green space from an industrial scale development.
“The proposed Show Court is just too big for this residential area and the plans will necessitate cutting down many mature trees.
“The qualifier courts will be ringed with 9km of tarmac paths and utility structures rather than green open space...."...read more