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To: Lambeth and Wandsworth Councils

Save Clapham Common from Commercialisation. Common Land is for the Common People!

Save Clapham Common from Commercialisation. Common Land is for the Common People!

URGENT. Please sign this petition to stop the commercialisation of Clapham Common.

Why is this important?

Lambeth Council are ABOUT to sign a 15 year lease to a private enterprise allowing them to cover a large area of Common Land, namely our bowling greens, with artificial plastic grass and extensive building materials. Once this happens, this land may never be recoverable.

There has been virtually no open consultation with the wider community. The Friends of Clapham Common consider this to be widespread plastic pollution as the suffocation of this large tract of land will kill the earth-dwelling invertebrates that live there.

We have a proud history around our Commons, particularly in urban areas - our ancestors fought hard to save Common Land for us, so we must also fight to save this precious asset for future generations. Please join us!

There is an important principle at stake here - your right to roam on Common Land!

Clapham Common must be free for the quiet enjoyment of everyone and not partitioned off for private enterprise. This venture will bring increased noise, litter and light pollution to a quiet residential corner of the Common and the proposed alcohol license may encourage anti-social behaviour. Please sign and pass on.

We are asking Lambeth to heed this petition. The community seeks to find a sustainable green solution for this space.

We are in a climate crisis and our open green spaces are the greatest assets we have.

Clapham Common belongs to the people, and if this tone deaf project goes ahead, we will all lose access to this precious fertile area of the Common.

David Attenborough has made it clear, it’s up to each and every one of us to take responsibility and protect the natural world.

You can do this now by signing the petition. Thank you

Clapham Common West Side SW, London SW4, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • I hate the way Lambeth rents out the common for rubbish like Winterville and is then surprised the grass doesn't recover so has to fence it off for months on end to resew. They are not worthy guardians and the common is not safe in their hands.
  • Keep common land for all, not a commercial enterprise already available in many local parks, whose enterprise involves removing actual plants and replacing them with Astro turf.
  • Clapham Common helps address critical urban needs - health, education, environmental justice, countering sprawl and combating crime. These social welfare benefits are not valued when thought of only in terms of it being a land asset or where any investment must provide a monetary return.


2021-05-04 13:54:33 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-11-26 18:02:20 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2020-11-26 07:07:18 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-11-25 15:45:55 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-11-25 13:37:49 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-11-25 12:40:21 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-11-25 12:07:07 +0000

10 signatures reached