Please take a moment to read this information regarding the proposed new stand and facilities. The closing date for objections has been extended to 18th March 2018 and should be addressed to Sian Brown, Planning Officer, at Sian.Brown@lbhf.gov.uk
The Annual General Meeting of the Friends is due to be held on Thursday 19th October at St Ethrelda’s Church Hall, corner of Fulham Palace Road / Cloncurry Street. Doors open 7:30 p.m.
Our first guest speaker this year is: Peter Eversden, MBE, Chairman of The London Forum.
The London Forum represents the views and interests of amenity and civic societies in London and their members on issues that are important for the living and working environment of Londoners, particularly in the fields of Town Planning, Development Management, Heritage, Transport, Infrastructure, Waterways and Open Spaces.
Our second speaker is Seam O’Loughlin from Fulham Football Club who wills speak on their planning application for the Riverside Stand.
Congratulations are in order as Bishops Park wins Green Flag Award a for a second time.
For the second year running, Bishops Park has won the Green Flag Award for park quality. This award is judged on eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. This is due in no small part to a number of dedicated people, including local residents ensuring standards are maintained, Quadron and Council workers who have all made a significant contributions to the retaining of the much sort after Green Flag Award.
Update – Developments at FFC and use of Fielders Meadow
The Friends of Bishops Park have been having ongoing dialogue with H&F Council, Fulham Football Club (FFC) and the Church Commissioners about the development of the Riverside Stand and the partial use of Fielders Meadow for a two year period as a site to store materials etc. whilst this development takes place. There have been many questions around whether this is an appropriate use of the park, even for a temporary period.
Whilst many residents have expressed their concerns we have tried to have then addressed by the relevant parties and have sought assurances that any damage to the fabric of the park is dealt with once the works are completed. There are significant financial incentives attached to FFC leasing this part of the park which is separate to the S106 money attached the approved planning application.
Total benefit of S106 £1.38M, broken down as follows:
£600,000 Bishops Park Restoration payment
£400,000 to cover maintenance over 10 years
£60,000 Heritage Gates contribution
£50,000 upgrading of toilet block (a major complaint by users of the park)
£100,000 towards refurbishment of the pitch (open area)
£50,000 towards removal of Japanese Knotweed
The Council’s Arborist will be dealing with the trees issue i.e. removal of and pollarding of trees. Any trees removed will be replaced 2-1 in the area where they have been removed.
Agreement with FFC to appoint a point person with whom residents can liaise in the event of any issues; name and contact details to be provided in due course.
The Friends are also in discussions with the Council / FFC to ensure the hours of work and noise, especially relating to pilling work, will not adversely impact on the local community.
“A row has broken out over the closure of a west London garden centre following its sale by one of the Prince of Wales¹s charities.
The 30-year-old Fulham Garden Centre is set to close at the end of the month and is expected to be replaced by a pet supplies firm.
It is run by the youth charity Fairbridge, part of the Prince¹s Trust, which said it was leasing the site at a minimum of £75,000 a year to raise more funds.
Campaigners claim that the chief financial officer of the Prince¹s Trust, Amy Stirling, was appointed at the same time as she became a non-executive director of Pets at Home, the company tipped to take over the site. Residents fear it will build one of its warehouse-style stores and have appealed to Prince Charles to save the centre.
Pets at Home refused to comment but a source close to the company said it was not planning to construct a warehouse and that Ms Stirling had no involvement with negotiations over leasing the site.”
Amanda Lloyd-Harris, Chairman of the Friends of Bishops Park and Palace Riverside Safer Neighbourhood Panel accepted the London Mayor’s Silver Safety in Parks Award from Mayor of London, Boris Johnson on Friday 13th May 2011 at City Hall.
This is a new award that judges the capital’s parks and their relative safety. The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham received two Silver Awards with the other going to South Park.
Amanda praised the work of the Parks Constabulary and the local Metropolitan Police team saying: ‘By working together we are ensuring that our parks are safe for all to stroll around and more residents can enjoy what the parks have to offer.’
Bishops Park is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment having been awarded nearly £8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and H&F Council to restore the park back to its former glory. The works will also include improved facilities and equipment for toddlers up to teenagers. ‘During this time the Parks Constabulary has been an ever increasing presence to ensure that safety is still their number 1 priority’. The works should be finished in late September.
Amanda added: ‘This is an award to be shared by the Parks Constabulary and all those unsung people who keep a special eye on our park, the people’s park. I hope all residents will continue to support them so our parks remain special.’