Ladywell Fields Improvements

The Ladywell Fields Masterplan

[Left] The river now. [Right] The new boardwalk.

The Lewisham Council website now has details of their plans to improve Ladywell Fields. They say:
The Council has secured almost £2m funding from the London Development Agency to invest in Ladywell Fields and along the Waterlink Way. The project will transform the central and southern parts of Ladywell Fields, which are currently underused, fragmented and featureless open spaces.
The project will:

- increase use and enjoyment of Ladywell Fields
- improve habitats within the park
- improve safety
- provide additional flood water storage

Designs will be submitted for planning approval in November 2009, and works should take place on the site from May 2010 to March 2011.

20 comments:

patrick1971 said...

Well the north end of Ladywell Fields is pretty good, and I agree that the southern end could be a lot better. Hope this works out.

I wonder if fredvest will object to this yuppification of SE6, because decrepit open space is what the authentic, real inhabitants want.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news. We never venture down that far from ladywell park. But with the proposal of an adventure playground, orchard, wildlife garden, water feature, etc. - we may find ourselves there more than anywhere else.
Ladywell just keeps getting better and better to live in.

fred vest said...

"because decrepit open space is what the authentic, real inhabitants want"

if you read the consulation responses document, you'll see when asked what the ladywell fields user group currently like about the middle and southern fields currently they said:-

* The southern field is quiet
* I like the meadow and woodland area at the southern tip of the park though the maintenance needs improving
* Feeling of space – big open stretch of grass
* Like the wilder area to the north of the bowling green
* Nice school development- especially with the poplars
* Sports space

what they didn't like was things like the paths, railings and benches being in poor condition - so yes it does appear that the people who use the space like the open space it currently provides and would also like it to be tarted up somewhat but not fundamentally altered in terms of it being an open public space - but don't let that get in the way of the strawman your struggling to construct

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Ah the promised parks article.....

In some ways I think I regret this "gentrification" which will no doubt encourage more people to use the south field.

At present there are some areas that are so deserted down there, that you would not believe you were so close to central London.

Still mustn't stand in the way of progress. The overall scheme if it follows what has been done at the north end sould be a fine improvement.

Anonymous said...

The Council could't cope with Brockley Station little project... Good luck to 2M project

Anonymous said...

The Council could't cope with Brockley Station little project... Good luck to 2M project

Headhunter said...

Yet they already seem to have managed to do a good job of redeveloping the other part of Ladywell Fields quite successfully. What IS going on at Brockley station?

Anonymous said...

Oh hear we go again,They just love making these models,I think the Lewisham re-generation one,done about 3 years ago must have about 2 inches of dust on,Its just giving everybody false hope,Yawn,Roll on the next model

Bill Ellson said...

£2 million capital spend, but where is the money to maintain and manage it coming from?

Anonymous said...

Great! This is just what the area needs to encourage our small but enthusiastic cottaging scene. I do hope they maintain it a bit better - I'm sure anyone that has experienced stinging nettle against their scrotum will agree!!

Headhunter said...

Ooh I don't know, some people quite enjoy stinging nettle on scrotum action....

Anonymous said...

Im all for the stinging nettle part.

Steve said...

Theres just never a dock leaf around when you need one...

Tamsin said...

They presumably wouldn't have got the £2m capital if they had not undertaken to keep up the maintenance. This was the package with the refurbishment of Manor Park and the Telegraph Hill Parks - the lottery English Heritage people would not cough up until the promise of maintenance was there. But maybe the LDA are not so careful.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Ladywell Fields is in Ladywell...

Anonymous said...

Quite right, they should be called South Brockley Fields

Anonymous said...

Ah In that case, some of It Is nearer Catford than Brockley

Anonymous said...

I quite like the 'underused, fragmented and featureless open spaces' and it does allow an effective route to Catford (if one should ever want to go there) avoiding the High Street.

Darren said...

What happened to all the EU money that was spent at Ladwell fields a few years ago. Is this part of the same scheme?

4x4 said...

If they are going to spend money on Ladywell fields, why not floodlight and improve the surface of the tennis courts so that people can play all year round?
Better still why don't the London Development agancy put some of the money into improving the shop frontages on Ladywell Road.
At present there are ony two shops that look presentable and they seem to be thriving.

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