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map of Burgess Park showing sports area

Burgess Park Sports Centre development

Still time to comment on the plans for Cobourg Road and the Sports Centre development

Southwark Council are proposing a major redevelopment of the Community Sports Centre on Cobourg Road. Friends of Burgess Park are concerned that the plan will fence off more of the park, reduce accessibility, cut down mature trees, increase pedestrian/cyclist conflict and cause parking problems.  Read the Friends of Burgess Park submission.

The proposal

Have a look at the Southwark proposal for the Community Sports area and send your comments to parks@southwark.gov.uk The closing date for the consultation is Sunday, 7 August 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.

 

fox face painted on plywood in Burgess Park

Friends of Burgess Park

Find out more about events in Burgess Park.

flower garden photo
Tuesday 4 July, 7-9 pm
Summer BBQ at Glengall Wharf Garden
SE15 6NF. Entrance off Surrey Canal Walk 

You’re invited to the FOBP summer BBQ 
Enjoy a summer’s evening at the beautiful Glengall Wharf Garden.

  • Try some tasty salad from Glengall Wharf Garden with
  • Vegetarian and non-veggie BBQ
  • Summer drinks with herbs from the garden
  • Informal conversations about local community activity
Tuesday 1 August
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ports centre plans and other park buildings

7-9pm Community Sports Centre, 106 Cobourg Road, SE5 0JV

Theatre from Scratch

Experimental theatre group performance
Sunday, 28 May 2017, 7-9 pm
at the Old Library, Wells Way, Burgess Park

Join People’s Company – a local Southwark-based experimental theatre group – in an improvised journey through language, words and their meanings, real or not real. Hosted by Theatre Delicatessen. Find out more.

Plans for Cobourg Road and the Sports Centre development

Southwark Council are proposing a major redevelopment of the Community Sports Centre on Cobourg Road. Friends of Burgess Park are concerned that the plan will fence off more of the park, reduce accessibility, cut down mature trees, increase pedestrian/cyclist conflict and cause parking problems. Read the Friends of Burgess Park submission.

Have a look at the Southwark proposal for the Community Sports area and send your comments to parks@southwark.gov.uk The closing date for the consultation was Sunday, 7 August, 2016. Southwark Council are intending to show new plans in May 2017.

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.

Meetings: First Tuesday of each month, at 7pm

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

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:

In July 2016, FOBP presented a report on cycling in Burgess Park to Councillors who attended the annual Southwark meeting for Southwark Parks’ Friends’ groups.  FOBP cycling in Burgess Park presentation (updated 20 Oct 16)

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.

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 

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