There will be an open meeting next Wednesday 24th October for local people to put their questions about who should manage Streatham Common, which is being facilitated by the Friends of Streatham Common.
The issue has arisen as a result of Lambeth's 'co-op' policy, in which it is transferring its services and assets away from council control in varying degrees. Lambeth's co-op approach has come under significant fire recently, for being a front for budget cuts, a form of privatisation and not providing enough resourcing for the groups who might be involved.
There are already concerns about the state of the Streatham Common Rookery and the years of under-investment, with a petition for further investment in it being recently launched.
The meeting will take place at 8.00pm in the Sainsbury's cafe opposite Streatham Common.
The options for managing Streatham Common that are being discussed include:
- Giving Friends' groups more say over spending priorities,
- Transferring management of the whole Common to an independent trust
- Something in-between involving schools and other local groups.
The meeting is being advertised as a chance to put views and ask questions to councillors and council officers. This say Friends of Streatham Common, will help the group understand local opinion and make sure they support the right options and don’t end up with a solution that nobody wants, or see opportunities missed that are taken up by other parks and open spaces.
The meeting is open to anyone and refreshments will be provided
For further information you can email: friendsofstreathamcommon (at) gmail.com