Laleham Residents Association
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  Join the ‘SAVE LALEHAM PARK’ action group

The Laleham Residents Association held a committee meeting on 21st July 2014 to consider the Association’s position regarding a possible future development at the park.

Cllr Mary Madams reported that she had spent a lot of time reviewing responses, emails and letters from residents to the recent proposals. The general feedback was that there is little support for a football training facility to be constructed in the park.

Nevertheless Spelthorne Council is committed to developing and improving its leisure assets for residents across the borough. A detailed discussion is taking place in the Council with the aim of creating a structured plan to review all of the leisure facilities, including parks across the borough. Cllr Madams advised that this would take some considerable time and until that is completed no action at all will be taken with regard to Laleham Park.

Cllr Madams is to call a public meeting in Laleham to discuss these and other proposals. A date in the second half of September will be announced shortly.

A lengthy discussion took place to determine the LRA’s stance going forward regarding the Park. Should the LRA

• merely inform residents of any developments relating to the Park or

• should it actively campaign against any inappropriate development of the park such as an artificial football pitch with floodlights and fencing

The committee voted by 5 votes to 4 that they should only inform residents of developments.

Subsequent to the meeting David Furst, the LRA Treasurer and Donnica Colman, the LRA Membership Secretary have formed an action group ‘Save Laleham Park’ which is totally independent from the LRA.

We will be inviting a number of those who have shown great concern over the future of the Park to join a committee. Please email David at daf@davidfurst.co.uk if you would like to be involved.
     
Result of June Laleham Park Consultation
 
From LRA Treasurer David Furst

We have been advised by the council that the result of the recent borough wide public vote on the construction of a football academy on Laleham Park was:-

Option 1 – no change 482 votes

Option 2 – football pitches etc - 158 votes

In addition there were 13 returns which were classified as unclear

As you will have seen from previous mails, there is a council meeting promised at the end of September to discuss this and other matters relating to the park. We will let you know as soon as any further information is released.

If you would like to comment in the mean-time, (whether you are personally for or against the development plan), you can make your views known to:-

David Furst (Save Laleham Park Campaign) - daf@davidfurst.co.uk

Cllr Mary Madams - cllr.madams@spelthorne.gov.uk

     
  LALEHAM PARK DEVELOPMENT

In February this year the Council put forward plans for the development of Laleham Park. Many residents attended a small “consultation” evening at the Lucan Pavilion where these proposals were unveiled - though many more residents had no idea that the event was being held.

From the residents who did attend, the LRA received overwhelming opposition to the proposed plan to build a football academy in the park.

In June 2014 Spelthorne Council issued a revised plan, allegedly based on the comments received from residents at the February consultation. Strangely, this revision showed 90% of the previously proposed “niceties” stripped away and the number of football pitches increased to three. It was hard to believe that this was a fair revision based on your feedback from the original plans? (In fact we now know it wasn't. The results of that consultation, recently released by the council, show only 4 people thought that football in the park was "beneficial" - whatever that means?).

We know that nothing can happen at the park without funding from the Football Academy. We know that Spelthorne Council are strapped for cash like most local authorities and they see this park development as a potential revenue generator for the Borough (otherwise why do it?). The sweeteners now appear to be off the table and this has become a battle between the power of the council to enforce development and the will of residents to resist if they wish to do so.

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