Have your say on improvement plans for Earlsfield’s Godley Gardens
Local residents are being asked for their views on improvement plans for Godley Gardens, a small green open space on Godley Road, Earlsfield.
An online consultation runs until Sunday 16 July and there are three alternative designs to consider. Proposals include a musical area, a trampoline, communal seating, undulating surfaces and a sun dial.
A consultation drop-in session will take place at Godley Gardens on Tuesday 4 July, 3pm to 6pm where residents can talk to the parks development team and explore the options in more detail.
Wandsworth Council is set to invest around £50,000 in this project through the Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF). This grant scheme pays for new and improved community facilities using funding collected from private development projects in the surrounding area.
The Godley Gardens proposals are one of several small park improvement projects being funded through the WLF. Other schemes include:
- Swaby Gardens, Earlsfield is now undergoing a £163,000 revamp centred around a new pirate ship playground.
- At King George’s Park, SW18 £70,000 has been spent resurfacing the junior playground.
- Leaders Gardens in Putney is being upgraded with a new play garden including new paths, logs, stepping stones, natural play features and a bug hotel to make better use of the shaded areas. The Beverley Brook area will have improved paths and new planting.
- £179,800 of funding has been agreed for the junior play area for 8–16 year olds in Garratt Park, SW17. Work begins in 2017/2018.
Cllr Guy Senior, executive member for finance and corporate resources, said: “We want to find out what local people think of these three improvement options and I urge everyone to get involved and help shape and enhance this valuable green open space.
“Right across Wandsworth the council is collecting a levy on private development sites and reinvesting these funds back into the community through the Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF). Our small parks improvement programme is just one example, and we are also funding improvements to our street network, new cycling facilities and upgraded street lighting.
“The WLF is an important way we ensure local people benefit directly from the high levels of new investment we are bringing to Wandsworth and if you want to nominate a local project then please get in touch with your local ward councillor.”
Find their contact details at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/councillors
The WLF (also known as the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy) – is a charge developers pay to the council to fund the infrastructure needed to support new development, such as new or safer roads, park improvements or a new health centre.
Find out more at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/WLF
The improvement works will be carried out by Enable Leisure and Culture, which manage the borough’s parks and open spaces on behalf of the council.