|Hammersmith Park climbing mound in April 2016|
In May 2016 I asked my local Councillors about speeding up the repairs to Hammersmith Park, without much success. However Councillor Guy Vincent did reply, and said as follows:
"We are working with Stanhope on a project to improve the playground, the Japanese garden and the sports facilities. In fact we are meeting this week to look at budgets and costings. The problem is the amount of work that we would like to carry out as opposed to what we can afford. So it is taking longer than we would like".
I also contacted Stanhope, the company which is redeveloping TV Centre, and they say that they intend to put a significant amount of money into the Park, as part of their "section 106" contribution to the local community. So, according to Stanhope, there is plenty of money available.
By November 2016, nothing further had been done, and the mound looked like this (see image below). By then it was completely overgrown and in much worse shape than before.
|Climbing mound November 2016|
I contacted Councillor Vincent again and he replied: "We are pushing forward. We want to try to find corporate sponsorship from Japanese businesses for some of the works to the Japanese Garden. I am meeting with Stanhope (the developer of TV Centre) next week to discuss costings and funding. We will consult local residents before any final decision is made."
This past Sunday I went to Hammersmith Park with my two year old son. This is what the climbing mound now looks like. The repairs have mostly been done (at last), but the site is still fenced off, and cannot be used.
|Climbing mound, 16 July 2017|
LBHF may say they have no money, but it is their duty to repair and maintain our parks. Saying they have no cash isn't good enough. They can surely do better.
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