Public Meeting To Be Held on Wimbledon Tennis Plans

Being held in St. Michael's Church in Southfields

Two MPs joined local residents at the previous meeting at St Barnabas Church

November 10, 2023

Another public meeting is to be held to discuss the latest developments regarding the All-England Lawn Tennis Club’s (AELTC) plan for buildings on Wimbledon Park.

This follows an earlier meeting organised at St Barnabas Church in September and the recent Merton Council planning meeting which gave a green light to the planning application. The plan has yet to be considered by Wandsworth Council’s planning committee.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to learn about new developments relating to the application, its environmental impact, legal updates and next steps.

It is taking place at St Michael’s Church, 71 Wimbledon Park Road, Southfields (SW18 5TT) on Tuesday 14 November at 7.30pm.

Southfields resident and prominent campaigner against the proposal, Simon Wright said, “Community feeling against the AELTC plans for Wimbledon Park has hardened since last month’s Merton PAC. Over 750 people have signed the petition in the last ten days taking the total to nearly 14,000. AELTC must understand how the community feels. Five years ago, they were telling the media that the project would be delivered in partnership with the local community - well now is their chance to honour that promise. We would welcome them to come along next week.”

Iain Simpson, Chair of Save Wimbledon Park, said, “My thanks to Simon for organising another meeting for residents. AELTC are breaking promises made thirty years ago not to build on the land and continue to make no attempt to have a dialogue with people who live right next to the championships. This goes against everything they have been saying about public consultations with the community and they have to recognise, as their own report did, the significant environmental damage on Metropolitan Open Land.”

CGI of the aerial view of the completed scheme. Picture: AELTC

In addition, campaigners against the scheme are encouraging residents to write in to Wandsworth councillors who sit on the planning committee to lodge their views ahead of the council meeting expected on 21 November. Their email addresses are available on this page on the Wandsworth Council web site.

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