Hands off Sutcliffe Park!

Local Liberal Democrats have criticised Greenwich Council for considering building on open space in Sutcliffe Park.

There have been recent reports that an indoor athletics centre may be built in the south-west of the Park between the running track and Kidbrooke Park Rd. Council Leader Chris Roberts refused to rule this out when asked at a Council meeting on 29th March.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigners say, "While we support improved sports facilities in the Borough, Sutcliffe Park is the wrong place for any large building. The Park is a great asset to the Borough and has deservedly earned a Green Flag ward.

"However, there is not that much level space in it for people to play informal games, or just to sit and relax in summer. The whole park is classified as Metropolitan Open Land which shouldn't be built on, and as the landowner Greenwich Council should categorically say now that it will not permit the construction of anything outside the current, enclosed area of the running track."

"The former Meadowside Leisure Centre just outside Sutcliffe Park is currently being used as offices by Berkeley Homes. The Council should investigate its suitability for use for athletics with a view to converting it when Berkeley Homes move out. This might be preferable to demolishing it and building more housing as is currently intended."

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