Current campaign: Surrey Lane Community Centre

 

If this is your first time, welcome to our website. As the campaign for a new community centre develops we will update this page.

If you’ve come to find out what you can do to support the campaign, you’ve come to the right place!

Here’s what you can do today:

1. Send an email to the Council to let them know how you feel! (The email address you need is: [email protected])

Below this email is the draft wording for an email you can send to the Council. Just copy and paste the wording into your email platform; then add in all your personal details, and most importantly your personal reasons for wanting a new community centre.

2. Post a comment in support of a new community centre on the Council’s planning portal
CLICK HERE to visit the Council’s planning portal page for the Randall Close development and add your comment.

3. Send us a one minute video of yourself, or a personal comment on why you want a new community centre.

We are launching a targeted online social media campaign to raise awareness about the campaign among residents. We are looking for submissions from Battersea residents, especially from residents of the Estate.

Do you want a community centre built on the Surrey Lane Estate? Why not hold your phone up in front of your face and tell the world why?! Send your video – or written personal comments to me via Whatsapp on 07815180273 and we will use them as part of our campaign.

Update on the campaign
A sub-group of interested BC people, who are being advised by two of our local Councillors (Rhodri Morgan, Con, and Emily Wintle, Lab) and Aaron Barbour, the director of the Katherine Low Settlement, are putting together a business case for the new community centre.

It is crucial that the Council see that local people care about it, and are willing to support, develop and lead it in the long term, so it’s not going to be enough simply to demand what we want – we also have to show how we will take responsibility for it.

We are actively looking for local people – especially residents of the Estate, to join the campaign. If you want to be a part of shaping the campaign contact me on 07815180273!

We anticipate that the planning decision on the Council’s proposals (which currently do not include plans for a community centre) will be made sometime between July and September. With such a wide window of possibility we need to act now to take advantage of the remaining time.

Notes on our last meeting can be found here. 

If you do decide to email the Council, or add a comment on their planning portal, we would love to hear from you, and with your permission put your personal comments (anonymous if you prefer) online as part of our social media sharing campaign. Again, contact me on 07815180273 if you would like to do that.

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Your building name ___________________________
Your road name ___________________________
Your postcode ___________________________

Wandsworth Council Planning Service: [email protected]


For the attention of Thomas Wilson, case officer

Dear Mr Wilson,

RE: 2 Randall Close (Day Centre) and car park to the south and car park and play area/playground south of 1 Randall Close Surrey Lane Estate SW11 3TG

Planning case:  2020/0635


I write in connection with the above planning application. I have considered the plans and I know the site well. I wish to object strongly to the proposed design for the development of this site, because it does not include plans for a new community centre.

Battersea Communities, a group of concerned local citizens, has conducted a survey of the residents of Surrey Lane Estate, and written a report on their findings, which can be found here: batterseacommunities.org.uk.

The headline findings are:

  • 98% (n.136) of people would like a new community centre on the Surrey Lane Estate 
  • 72% (n.100) do not think there are sufficient safe, indoor, public spaces on the Estate
  • 73% (n.102) do not think there are enough opportunities for the youth of the Estate


In the light of the recent murders on the Estate, it is clear that the community desperately needs investment, to prevent further decline. Without the inclusion of a new community centre in this design, the development of Randall Close will only further exacerbate the pressure on local services, the prevalence of anti-social behaviour, and the worsening of mental health, especially among single parent families.

My personal reasons for asking for a community centre are …

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I understand that members of St Mary’s Church, and the management of Carney’s Community, Cauis House, and Providence House youth clubs share these concerns, and support this objection.

Yours faithfully,

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