Fears grow for Grovelands land
Fears Grow for Grovelands Land
Joint statement by Grovelands Residents' Association and Friends of Bourneside Sports Ground
We are increasingly concerned about the fate of open land on and around the Bourneside site, part of the historic Grovelands estate. A plan of the site made available by the council has mystified us by describing part of the council-owned portion of the site as having "no public accessibility".
We are of course aware of council plans for a primary school on part of the site. We stand together opposing this. Better sites are available to meet the undoubted educational need with a less destructive impact. The land should be revitalised to retain and enhance its existing sporting use.
However, the attempt to earmark the rest of the site (adjoining Queen Elizabeth's Drive) as having no public accessibility is of great concern to us. Local residents have been using that part of the land for many years without any hindrance, in the same way that they have used the land on which a school would be situated. We fear that the move is intended to make it easier to sell the land for some form of development in the future, over and above the proposed school, completely changing the nature of the area.
Southgate has lost too much open space over the years, not least the former school playing fields at Minchenden. We should protect and nurture our remaining green space along with the wildlife and recreational needs that depend upon it.
Grovelands Residents' Association
Tel: 020 8882 4679
Friends of Bourneside Sports Ground
Mobile: 07875 542 969
27 May 2014
The Grovelands Residents Association and The Friends of Bourneside Sports Ground have issued a joint statement about their fears for the open land near the Bournside Sports Ground.