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Locked Down & Locked Out

Playgrounds still locked up in Lewisham
Locked Down & Locked Out Deptford
We are pleased to join a new campaign led by Lewisham Mayoress Dawn Atkinson to improve play facilities for all children across the Evelyn Ward.

You can follow the campaign on social media HERE and read their request to Lewisham Council & Lewisham Homes to reopen playgrounds HERE.

Children across the country were locked out of playgrounds during the Covid-19 Lockdown. Since restrictions were lifted playgrounds have reopened, including Glendale managed parks parks.

Lewisham Homes manage many of Evelyn Ward's publicly accessible green space and play areas. While neighbouring boroughs, Greenwich & Southwark, have opened their playgrounds Lewisham Homes have not.

49%* of children in the Evelyn Ward live in poverty and most homes do not have access to private outdoor space. "Play" is one of the UN rights of the child (Article 31). "Playgrounds" have been top of the list for improvments for many years in Evelyn.

Our own 2016 DeptfordFolk park survey and, more recently, the 2019 NCIL council consultation put playgrounds top of the list for improvement.

We will be following and supporting this campaign closely. Playgrounds are a high priority for park users. Play equipment in Deptford Park desperately needs an ovehaul. Sayes Court Park needs a whole new approach.

In Folkestone Gardens, residents were promised a Skate & Play project in 2015. Only 'skate' has been delivered at a cost of £250K. In response DeptfordFolk held playground design workshops with pupils at Sir Francis Drake School in 2017. In 2019 we worked with the London Marathon Trust to secure £150K of investment for Folkestone Gardens playground.

Still children wait for adults to deliver.

*taken from Local Child Poverty Data 2018/19

Roundtable: Parks and green space – does everyone feel welcome?

How can public green space help improve our mental & physical health & increase social cohesion? On Tuesday Sept 29 DeptfordFolk Chair and London Green Space Commissioner, Trina Lynskey, will be speaking at a Future of London round table discussion on parks and equalities. Join the debate.

Get involved: Community Garden Revival

Volunteers are holding a community event in the garden behind Magnolia House on Evelyn Street on Friday October 2nd 3-6pm. They have funding to revive the community garden and the event is a chance for residents to get involved. Families are welcome and there will be activities for children around orchard design.

Second Sunday Cycle Repair

The next Second Sunday Cycle Repair session is on Sunday October 11th, 10am - 2pm at the Scout Hall on Childers Street. If you have questions or need tips check out Lewisham Cyclists on Facebook.
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