A while back, we posted a round-up of local politicians’ views on development plans for Plough Lane.
We are pleased to add to that, via an open letter from Merton councillors representing the Wimbledon Park constituency (where the greyhound stadium is located).
You can read their statement in full here, but in summary, the councillors (Linda Taylor, Janice Howard and Oonagh Moulton) make the following points:
- residents are not opposed in principle to development on the stadium site “but they do have a right to expect that any approved development will bring advantages to their home environment”
- the council should ensure that the proposed development will be accompanied by the necessary infrastructure to support it in terms of schools, health services and transport provision
- Merton Borough Council “must ensure that the current proposal is revised to take greater account of these local concerns”
- attention must be paid to flood risks highlighted by the Enviornment Agency’s grading of the site as highest risk category 3b: “AFC Wimbledon and their PR advisors seem to be somewhat minimising this serious risk in their various communications”
The letter concludes:
“Wimbledon Park residents want to see this rundown site regenerated and many understand the objective to see AFC Wimbledon playing again in Merton, but the very serious concerns about this site need to be addressed.
“This is a large strategic development on a very tricky site with long-term impacts, and Merton Council must keep all these points clearly in mind when making a decision on this proposal.”