Residents to have say in Wanstead Park future

CAMPAIGNERS fighting for the future of a park will take their case to the man leading a key consultation during a crunch meeting next week.

Wanstead Park was placed on English Heritage’s At Risk register two years ago, with some of its historic features being labelled as “in poor condition”.

The City of London Corporation, the primary custodian of the Grade II listed park, which is more than 100-acres, last year gave its commitment to restoring the land.

As part of that pledge, it is asking residents what they would like to see done to the park, with a mass leaflet-drop across Wanstead taking place last month.

But campaigners from Friends of Wanstead Parklands are hoping to get more voices heard at a meeting on Thursday (January 13), where Peter Wilkinson, the consultant appointed by the Corporation to head its Wanstead Park project team, will be in the hotseat.

Friends chairman Alan Cornish said: “As well as allowing them to ask questions to a central figure about the process of restoring the park, the meeting will enable them to have their say on the corporation’s priorities for the future.

“The official consultation will be over a two-week period next month, which is a very tight schedule.

Most Read

“We want to set the ball rolling as soon as possible, and make sure as many people as possible will be able to contribute to what happens.

“With luck, the best ideas put forward at our meeting will find their way into the official consultation.”

The corporation, together with the other landowners, will produce a Conservation Statement this year.

It will identify what needs to be done and set out high level priorities.

Campaigners are calling for what still exists of the 17th and 18th century lake system at the park to be preserved, as well as the restoration of other areas.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Churchill Room of Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead.

Admission is �3 and �1 for Friends’ members .