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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

  • Common land is for the use of everyone. There are other places where commercial sporting facilities could be developed. If common land starts to be privatised it sets a precedent that many councils will follow, and we will end up with fewer and fewer public spaces. This is OUR Land, it belongs to the people and the Council does not have the right to sell it
  • Tooting born and bred.. hate to see the common commercialised. Too much congestion in the area already . The common should not be mucked about with in this manner
  • My sons played football here for years! This space should be protected for the community and not for private gain.

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