News from Kensington and Chelsea's Labour Councillors

Dalgarno Ward

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Ward councillors with the Food Explorers

Current issues in the Dalgarno Ward include

•    St. Mark’s Park Football Pitch

Residents living close to St Mark’s Park have objected strongly to proposals to replace the football pitch with artificial turf and install floodlighting. The issue was raised at a public meeting organised by St Helen’s Residents Association in June and 60 people voted unanimously against the proposal. They backed instead refurbishing the grass pitch, using part of the £150,000 made available for improving the park when planning permission was granted for the Argyll Place development.

•    Delay on Balfour Burleigh Regeneration

Plans to regenerate parts of the Balfour of Burleigh estate are now unlikely to reach the design stage for another year, although a preferred option was expected this summer. But the rebuilding of Barlby School and the proposed new special school are expected to go ahead. This will be achieved by decoupling the schools’ planning application from the masterplan for the regeneration scheme. A paper presented to the Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee in July said that a new design team would be appointed to develop the masterplan for housing regeneration on the estate. The scheme would use surplus school land worth between £5 and £7 million, and it would be a joint venture with private developers.

•    Little Wormwood Scrubs Adventure Playground

The not-for-profit company (EPIC CIC) that has taken over the running of the Adventure Playground in Little Wormwood Scrubs is keen to continue providing a similar service to the previously Council-run one but admitted at a special meeting of the Friends of Little Wormwood Scrubs that this aim is difficult when the Council is providing less funding than before. EPIC CIC is exploring new funding streams to keep their commitment to the young people who use the playground.

•    New parking bays promised

Pangbourne Avenue is to get some new parking bays after Cllr Pat Healy organised a site visit by transport officials in response to requests by local residents. The proposal is out to consultation at present, but the plan is to install new bays now parking restrictions relating to the former Princess Louise Hospital are no longer needed.