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To: Wandsworth Mayor Jane Cooper and Wandsworth Borough Council

Stop The Commercialisation Of Tooting Common

Stop The Commercialisation Of Tooting Common

This Tuesday, Wandsworth Planning Committee will vote on plans for a commercial football facility on Tooting Common, including four floodlit astroturf football pitches surrounded by a 15 foot high mesh fence.

We, the undersigned call on Wandsworth Mayor Jane Cooper and the council to reject the proposal on the follow grounds:

Why is this important?

* The development will destroy the environment of one of the remaining green spaces in London not bounded by roads.

* It will not be freely accessible to the public: It will be privately run and let out on a pay to play basis and stretch over 80 yards across the common.

* There will be a substantial increase car parking and congestion - with the entrance to the common used day and night by a football club who play in a semi-professional league and recruit players from across South London.

We ask you to reject this proposal and respect the sanctity of Tooting Common, both for its natural environment and as an area that is open and can be enjoyed by all.

NB: The virtual planning meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 19th May, 2020. Details will be issued on: https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=6509&x=1

Balham, London, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • The gravel football pitch has been the only place to play football for the best part of 6 months during the winter. The grass has been too wet. Even in the summer, gravel pitches are great to play on and the pitch is used by so many people, including families.
  • I think we should preserve publicy accessible green spaces where possible. Especially during lockdowns.
  • Light floodlight pollution on a relatively unlit, relatively natural environment with permission from an out of date bat survey; plastic pitches are terrible environmental hazards; this is a large chunk of public park being leased off for 25 years! I.e. sold - which is a very negative president.

Updates

2020-05-16 14:04:01 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-05-15 08:28:01 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-05-15 06:31:55 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-05-14 22:00:45 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-05-14 21:34:43 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-05-14 21:22:09 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-05-14 21:12:24 +0100

10 signatures reached