Please respond to Islington’s Cricket club pavilion plan for our park
Islington Council has published what it calls the Wray Crescent Park Building Project Community Leaflet, in which it discusses its plans for a new cricket centre in our park, which includes a section it is calling a ‘Community Room’.
There will be a couple of information sessions where you can give your feedback on this project on June 10 and June 15. You can find out more on those here. The council invites responses and comments about the project, but says these must be received by Friday July 16.
The proposal talks about community mental health and health generally, but its prime focus does seem to be about cricket, though community events are promised.
We think these plans should be known about and discussed by our entire community, so we would urge everyone to take a look at them and let the council know what they think.
We are concerned the community-focused elements in this proposal seem a little weak. It offers no externally accessed storage for the Friends group or footballers, for example and the toilets are inaccessible unless the building is open. We think that’s a wasted opportunity to deliver advantage to all stakeholders.
We know how valuable the green space has been to the entire community around Tollington across the last year, and think this opportunity should deliver more for the many park users, not for just to a few of them.
Please examine the plans, scrutinise them and make representations to the council.
Please join our group using the form below.
How has the pandemic changed the way you use the park?
We're interested in how much local people have used the park, and how you now see the space. How important has the park been to you and your family during lockdown, and do you want to continue to use the space? Just enter your answer in the text box below and move onto the next question. You'll submit all your answers at the end of the survey.
What do you want to see continue in Wray Park?
What you have liked most and anything that you don't like?
How we should ensure all the space is shared by all of us?
It's not fair for one use to dominate the entire park, how should we share the space better?
Are you happy the open space hosts cricket every weekday evening and most weekends in summer?
Middlesex cricket club now seems to have first rights to the open space at the heart of the park, which means locals needing a little sunshine can't use the sunniest part of the park after work or at weekends, even in the school holidays. Are you happy with this arrangement?
How we can we make our park the heart of our community?
We think green space is vital. We think communities are vital. How can we put them together?
What new activities would you like to see in Wray Crescent Park?
We have lots of activities in our small park, what else would you like to see?