The Hilly Fields Playground Petition

Local resident Marcus Fox has launched a campaign to secure a chunk of Lewisham Council's Government windfall to upgrade Hilly Fields' playground.

Paper copies can be found in many local schools and businesses, but we've set up an electronic version, readers can sign here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/BrockleyCentral/

22 comments:

Sian said...

Brockley Nick, I've just tried to sign the online petition - are you aware that the site asks for a donation to ipetitions (ie not to Hilly Fields per se but to the petition website) but doesn't seem to provide a way to sign without donating? Interesting.....

JPM said...

I tried too, and found that the site wanted payment in dollars! Is there nothing our American cousins will not stop at in the pursuit of a Buck?

Sian said...

Have just received an email saying thanks for signing the petition despite not paying anything, so perhaps you don't have to pay. Sign away...

Anonymous said...

Yes - just ignore it. You can still sign it.

Amanda said...

I've signed the hard copy of this and have to hand back.

Paddyom said...

Whats wrong with the stuff thats already up there as it looks in good condition and there are plenty of things there for kids to play on?

Unless the intention is to put in a different style playground perhaps for older kids or something then i think that there are better things in Brockley to spend public money on than this - like mandatory parenting classes for those who fail to control their youngsters in Brockley perhaps?

Anonymous said...

I agree. Only in London could people petition to get a better playground...

Bea said...

There is a certain charm to the current play park equipment – i.e. I can imagine my Dad (now 73) playing on it pre-war. However, in comparison to what is available in more modern (see the new one in Loampit Vale) play parks it is positively pre-historic. The landing surface is hard asphalt (apart from the bark round the pirate ship) and a lot of the equipment is unsuitable for under threes i.e. no smaller slides, climbing frames.

Some parents also complain about its location as it is often subject to what feels like gale force winds – but in my opinion the view compensates for this.

I agree it is not the most urgent thing that needs addressing in Brockley but if the money is available is would be silly not to apply for some to improve on what already exists.

Headhunter said...

Yeah, gotta say, I agree with Paddyom, I think there are more urgent things to spend the money on than a better playground when 1 already exists

Tressilliana said...

I could be wrong but I think much of the current play equipment was new in the late 90s. Certainly the train was, as the previous one was burnt to the ground. The playground may seem primitive to people now, but you should have seen it in the very early 90s when if I recall correctly there was no soft surfacing of any kind. My son got his head stuck between the rail guards on the side of the slide when he was about 2 and the fire brigade had to be called. Two engines, an ambulance and a police car turned up but by that time a kind lady who was prepared to sacrifice her slice of bread and butter had got him out by buttering his neck and he was running about playing again.

Brockley Nick said...

@paddyom and headhunter

The money avaialable is specifically for playground equipment, so it's a choice between spending it on playground equipment or spending it on more cctv cameras and digicams.

The playground is fairly poor compared to Telegraph Hill or Greenwich Park.

Playgrounds are a really important community resource - keeping kids active and giving parents somewhere to take their children to get out of the house and spend some quality time together.

Amanda said...

The money 1 million pounds is specifically earmarked for expenditure on play in Lewisham. The people behind this petition use the play area with their kids and have observed how it could be improved.
They've tried to be proactive to try and get a bit of the money for our part of the world.

If Hilly Fields playground doesn't get the money, the money goes into a playground elsewhere in the borough. It won't go into a cafe, gym or other things we may feel need money.

A top notch park is an asset to all of us. Think of it strategically, it can attract and keep young families in the area, using the park. And their very presence can counteract the rowdy behaviour of older children. The more people around, more eyes watching...
Also it could well speed up the process of a cafe on Hilly Fields. Because those young families could turn a visit to Hilly Fields into a day out, well a full on outing, and be prepared to spend money.

It's good thing, really, sign the petition!

Headhunter said...

OK, if it has to be spent on a playground,I would of course prefer it to be spent on a playground in Brockers. I retract my previous statement.

Re hard asphalt surfaces, when I were a lad there was none of this soft surface rubbish. I remember in the playground near us, there was one of those really high 1970s slides. It was fantastic and then the council replaced it with a 4 foot high one and a duvet soft surface. I was very upset at the time, it was no use for any child over the age of about 3. Bloody "health and safety"....

Anonymous said...

I agree about people petitioning based on the surfaces - what do you think we had when we were kids?

Are we further looking to implement todays children into a 'soft state'?

Monkeyboy said...

All I had to amuse myself was a box of matches and a tin of my dad's lighter fluid. These kids today don't know their born!

The Cat Man said...

right.....

Tracy said...

Although the view may have it's compensation as Bea points out, these do pale somewhat on a January morning with a sideways wide blowing at you. The playground could be relocated to a less exposed position and the play equipment apart from the trainand the pirate ship is not that nice or exciting. The money will go somewhere for play equipment why not here

brockley mutha said...

Hilly fields playground has a certain charm, and is convenient, and that's about it. It hasn't much for children under 3 or over 9. Nothing at all for disabled children.

We do need something that's more on a par with other playgrounds in London. I've signed the petition.

Paddyom said...

Yes OK, i concede. If the money has to specifically spent on playground facilities then obviously i would like to see Hilly Fields and junior Brockleyites benefit. Anyone got a pen...

Sian said...

I'm not really sure what there was to concede: this thread is to let interested people know that there is a petition available to bid for dedicated funds to improve the local playground. If you think there are better things to spend money on, don't spend your time on a blog telling these parents they are wrong to want better facilities for their children, just identify what you want to change and start a campaign to get funding for it. These parents would probably support you. There's far too much of "oh, you don't want to do that" on here, and not enough of "here's what I'm doing, want to join me?"

Headhunter said...

Sian - We've already talked endlessly here about things that we would like to see money spent on in Brockley from trees to the police station. All I was saying was that for me, if the money is up for grabs for absolutely anything, replacing something which already exists would not be top of my list. But anyway....

Anonymous said...

Am I the only person who thinks Greenwich playground is dull and unchallenging.If aspirations are so low there shouldn't be any problem with keeping lots of you happy. Really the only good thing is the sand pit.

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