12/04/2017 15:59:00......Posted by Helen Pollard
Met with Council officers and consultants who are carrying out the masterplanning for 6 parks in Croydon (Park Hill, Lloyd, Ashburton, Happy Valley, Norbury and South Norwood Lake). The masterplan exercise aims to put together plans for these parks. Once the plans are approved they will be used as the blueprint for future development work.
In theory this is a good thing and will provide a framework for moving these six parks forward. In practice, there is no money set aside to devliver these plans. There might be s106 money available for some parks, but this is unlikely to cover the cost of delivering the masterplans. There will be an expectation that park users themselves will bid for grant funding to get the money to carry out the works. This is a very big assumption and provides no certainty that the masterplasn will ever be delivered.
I have asked the Council for details of how much money is available for work on each of the 6 parks.
The other issue is that the masterplans only cover 6 parks in Croydon. There are no plans for any of the other parks in the borough.