Thank you to the children who coloured in the Friends of Burgess Park posters promoting considerate cycling in the park.

Friends of Burgess Park

Find out more about events in Burgess Park.

Meet the architects and discuss the Burgess Park West plans for a cycling route, wildlife area, play area and redesigned Rust Square

Thursday 2 June 6.45 to 8pm at the Community Sports Centre, Coburg Road. All welcome

Chelsea Fringe : Find out more.

Sharing paths in Burgess Park

A new study has just been published about pedestrians sharing paths with cyclists in London. Burgess Park is one of the case studies. The report proposes that cyclists should be slowed down in the park and that the cycling spine should not go through Burgess Park. Read the results of the research.

Burgess Park West consultation meeting

Wednesday, 11 May, 18:30 to 19:30, Old Library, Wells Way, Burgess Park.
Southwark Council will present the latest proposals.
Plans and a survey will also be available online from 9 May to 5 June. More information about the consultation.

Meetings: First Tuesday of each month, at 7pm

All welcome from 7-9 pm, Burgess Park Community Sports Centre, 106 Cobourg Road, SE5 0JV.

No meeting on Tuesday, 3 May 2016.

Congratulations CK on your MBE!

CK Flash (Michael Pusey), has received an MBE for his services to youth work, which includes the Peckham BMX Club in Burgess Park more

Focus on cycling:

We invited representatives from the Council as well as from Living Streets and Southwark Cyclists to discuss future plans for cycling in Burgess Park.

FOBP want to see the proposed Southwark Spine cycle route go down Wells Way and for this route to be improved to benefit pedestrians crossing from one side of the park to the other as well as benefiting cyclists who need a safe, high quality cycle route.

Find out FOBP’s view on cycling in Burgess Park.

Southwark Council’s Burgess Park 2015 developments:

The council has agreed £6 million for further enhancement work to Burgess Park. 

Further consultation late April early May 2016.

During summer 2015 the detailed plans for the Camberwell entrance and New Church Road will be consulted on. More details on Revitalisation and our responses to the latest plans for the park including underpass success and the proposed cycling spine route across Burgess Park. The new masterplan for the park will also be presented in the summer and this will respond to the early consultation and identify immediate priorities.

Passmore Edwards Library, wash & bath house

Latest developments on Identifying future use for the buildings on Wells Way to contribute to Burgess Park

Jowett Street park – completed 

New planting, fencing and hedge and tree pruning have enhanced this small pocket park along the Surrey Canal Walk. FOBP raised funds for this from Southwark Council and the Mayor of London pocket parks. A number of events took place including bulb and hedge planting, find out more about the Friends’ Jowett Street park project.

Bridge to Nowhere history project – completed

The Bridge to Nowhere heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund involved loads of people to learn more about the history and heritage of Burgess Park. The project included the Wells Way underpass artwork – a reminder of the main feature of the area which lead to the creation of the park – the Grand Surrey Canal. And we have launched the new Burgess Park Heritage Trail. Look out for the blue plaques around the park.

Find out more about the history of the park and
download your own map 

Bridge to Nowhere - long logo

Chelsea Fring logo

Chelsea Fringe 2016

Four events at Burgess Park for the Chelsea Fringe, celebration of all things gardening related.

21 May 11 am – 3 pm / 22 May  11 am – 2 pm Join artists at Art in the Park, Chumleigh Gardens, make a floating garden for Burgess Lake.

All ages welcome. Workshops on Saturday and garden launch on the lake on Sunday, FREE drop-in.

7 June, 7 – 8:30 pm Wildlife and Water

Find out more about what lives in Burgess Park lake and other wildlife that rely on the water with local expert Sylvia Myers, London Wildlife Trust. Refreshments available. Start and finish at the Community Sports Centre on Cobourg Road, SE5

TicketedEventbrite Burgess Park Walk £5.41 registration £5 refunded on the day or make a donation to FOBP/LWT.

10 June,  7 – 11 pm Campfire Club at Glengall Wharf Garden

Sing-a-longs, storytelling, special guests and who knows what else. A full bar will be stocked with homemade wines, ciders, ales and the odd drop of mead too!

Ticketed: thenestcollective.co.uk  £8 online.

12 June, 11 am 3 pm Drawing Bees on Flowers at Chumleigh Gardens

Sketch bees in Chumleigh Gardens using microscope and hand lenses with wildlife artist Elle Salt. Includes basic bee anatomy and drawing techniques. At Art In The Park, Chumleigh Street, London, SE5 0RJ

Suitable for adults, bring a sketchbook and pencil and hand lens if you have one. Drawing materials and tea and coffee will be provided.

Ticketed: Eventbrite Drawing Bees on Flowers  £10 Tickets are non-refundable.

Poster of the Chelsea Fringe events in Burgess Park 2016

Image of Burgess Park and title from LIving Streets report March 2016

Pedestrians & cyclists: new study

The Living Streets charity for everyday walking studied four paths shared by cyclists and pedestrians in London, including Burgess Park.

The study found that pedestrians experience more conflict than cyclists and there is a disproportionate impact on disabled people. Cycle speed is the key issue for pedestrians and cyclists should be slowed down. Where sharing is unavoidable, signage should make the situation clear. Improving alternate routes may help to diffuse the pressure and tension.

The specific recommendations for Burgess Park are:

  • Focus on designing an on-road facility for the Southwark Spine cycle route, e.g. along Wells Way rather than through the park
  • Introduce a small amount of signage to alert park users to the presence of cyclists.
  • Encourage slower cycling speeds in the park.
  • Continue to prioritise the destination function of Burgess Park and the leisure facilities.
  • In the longer term, it is suggested that improved facilities for commuting cyclists be provided on the Old Kent Road, Walworth Road and surrounding roads.

Read the full Living Streets report. Burgess Park is case study 4.

Cover of the LIving Streets pedestrian cyclist conflict reportComments about Burgess Park included:

“Because of cyclists coming up behind me, I am always having to look over my shoulders”

“Burgess Park is essentially a giant cyclist interchange, and the [proposed] spine route will make it even busier”

“Are park users pedestrians in the classic sense? People strolling in parks wander around slowly, they turn, walk to the sides… There are also people walking with children and dogs and they are disproportionately affected”

Friends of Burgess Park were consulted for the LIving Streets study.

 

photo of pedestrians and cyclists on the Surrey Canal quiet route

Cycling consultations 2016

Updated Proposals for Burgess Park West

Meeting: Wednesday, 11 May, 18:30 to 19:30, Old Library, Wells Way, Burgess Park
Burgess Park West is the new name for the Burgess Park Southern Entrance project.   At the meeting Southwark will be presenting feedback from the previous consultation as well as updated plans, and will also outline the next steps for the project.

Plans and a survey will also be available online from 9 May to 5 June at www.southwark.gov.uk/burgesspark
A public exhibition will be held from 9 May to 5 June at the Sports Centre showing the plans and designs . There will be the opportunity to leave feedback.
An additional exhibition will be held at Chumleigh Gardens at weekends and during half term (weather permitting) where  Park Ambassadors will be available to show visitors the plans.

Commuter cycling routes through the park

FOBP are very concerned about the Southwark’s plans for new routes through Burgess Park specifically aimed at commuter cyclists.

The park is an amenity in an area of ‘hard-pressed families’  and ‘urban living’ as defined in the Southwark Cycling Demand Study. Local people value the park as a space for play and relaxation and driving designated cycle routes through it is not appropriate. Living Streets, the national charity for pedestrians, discuss this issue in its policy document regarding cycling and walking. “Changes to pedestrian or cycle use of parks should ensure that the primary use of parks is as a recreational space. Our parks must remain a quiet haven for all, rather than cheap ‘easy wins’ for cycle routes.” Pedestrians and cyclists should not be put into conflict with one another.

There is also research which suggests that increased bike use targets people of wealthier incomes who are benefiting at the expense of people who could be walking in the park. Living Streets are concerned that “For more vulnerable pedestrians such as disabled people, older people and children, walking safely and easily is often impossible. Walking rates are in serious decline and whilst this is in part down to change in busy lifestyles it is more symptomatic of the lack of priority given to pedestrians on our streets.” The charity encourages children to walk to school and we should do nothing to discourage children using what should be safe and healthy routes through Burgess Park to get to the numerous schools around the park.

FOBP pointed out to the consultation regarding Quietway 7: “We have experience in Burgess Park of the quiet route which runs along the Surrey Canal Walk. This is now dominated by commuter cyclists. Pedestrians are forced off the path, and a route which should provide a safe and less polluted way for children to get to school has become hazardous for them.

“The Friends of Burgess Park are concerned that all users of the park are considered when new features are designed which will have such a long-lasting impact on the park.”

Coming consultations

FOBP have been informed by Southwark Council that there are more consultations about planned cycle routes through Burgess Park.

“The council intends to make a decision on the entire Quietway 7 route (excluding section in the Burgess Park) once consultation is completed for the entire route. This is likely to be around end of March / April 2016.

Consultation for the detailed design of the Burgess Park section the route is scheduled to commence late February 2016 with a decision made around May 2016.

The routes affecting Burgess Park are currently under review and one update to the maps published will be made in spring next year.

Regarding the specific confirmed routes: The Quietway from Kennington Park to Trafalgar Avenue has a proposed alternative — St. Georges Way and this is currently subject to TfL accepting the cost of the route before any outline design can be looked at. There will be early engagement on this locally in the New Year.

The Southwark Spine route is going to commence with the section south of Burgess Park so that the Master Plan and Aylesbury re-development are further established before officers undertake a review of the ‘level of service’ needed and desired routes north of the park.

There is also going to be a high level study to establish a preferred link from this southern section of the Spine to Quietway 7 which does not involve a route through the park. This will include looking at the use of Wells Way.”

Wells Way in south London

Wells Way improvements

AGM (3 Nov meeting) – Wells Way improvements

Both FOBP and Southwark Cyclists support improvements to Wells Way to green the route and improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. Read Joe Parker’s presentation on Southwark Cyclists’ Wells Way proposal. At the meeting, FOBP members proposed working together with Southwark Cyclists to lobby for these improvements including linking with Quietway 7 (QW7 Elephant and Castle to Crystal Palace).

Abigail Tripp of Wheels for Wellbeing advocated a better crossing on Wells Way linking Burgess Park East and West so that adapted cycles for disabled children and adults could travel across all of the park. At the moment, these cycles are unable to use the underpass which is too steep for them. A better crossing is also needed on Trafalgar Avenue to access the Community Garden and Surrey Canal Walk section of Burgess Park.

Wheels for Wellbeing provides cycling sessions for disabled children and adults in south London parks. Abigail also hoped to find a Burgess Park base for a fleet of the specially adapted cycles  for these sessions. She will be attending the cycling festival at the BMX track on Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

Elephant and Nun 2015

Photo of children colouring FOBP considerate cycling poster
Visitors to the FOBP stall at the Elephant and Nun festival in Burgess Park 2015. Children colouring in the Enjoy the Park cycling poster.
Thanks to everyone who came along to see us at the Festival.  We talked about greening Wells Way and enhancing it as a cycle route as well as the proposed cycle spine route across the park.

Photo of children in Burgess Park colouring cycling posters

This is what some of you had to say about cycling in the park and adding the Southwark Spine route:
Why do we need another cycling route in the park — there are plenty already?

The roads should be safe for cyclists — it isn’t right to take space away from the park.

Roads feel safer — it is less confusing than dealing with pedestrians on park paths. Hyde Park cycle route is extremely problematic — large groups of pedestrians are in conflict with cyclists.

Branding a route as a cycling route will draw more cyclists and overwhelm the park.

Warn cyclists at park entrances to give way to pedestrians.

Find out what all users of the park feel about sharing space.

Cyclists should be off roads — park paths should be for cyclists and pedestrians.

Exits from the park should be improved for cyclists particularly at Albany Road and Wells Way.

NO to the Southwark Cycle Spine Route through Burgess Park — the FOBP view

Southwark Council have agreed the cycling strategy which includes the cycle spine route. A petition against the spine was presented by local residents at the cabinet meeting 2 June which approved the overall cycle strategy. The Leader agreed that a further report should be made to cabinet before the work commences with further details on the cycle spine route.

The petition against the spine route crossing Burgess Park is still open.  (The paper petition with 500 signatures has been presented to Southwark Council.) FOBP are focusing on one aspect of the spine route and cycling in green space. We are not against the cycling strategy aim to increase cycling and improve cycle routes.

1. FOBP do not support the proposed Southwark Council spine route cutting directly across Burgess Park. The preferred alternative is to direct cyclists through Wells Way – which FOBP propose as a greenway.
2. Commuter cyclists should be encouraged to use non-park routes, and these routes should be improved.
3. Greater numbers of cycling journeys are part of Southwark Council and Mayor of London’s strategy. However, the solution cannot be that Burgess Park is carved up into cycling routes to suit all cyclists’ needs or alternatively cycling and non-cycling paths to the detriment of other park users and the park environment itself
4. A pro-active approach to responsible cycling behaviour is needed which recognises that the park provides freedom of movement away from roads – an aspect which is essential to all park users. Back to the top
Photo of children colouring FOBP safe cycling poster