Residents, visitors and other interested parties are being encouraged to respond to a survey about proposals to improve the playground at Queensmead Recreation Ground.

The proposal to improve the playground In Queeensmead Recreation Ground, off Glassmill Lane, Bromley, is being championed by a collaboration of the Friends of Bromley Town Parks and Gardens, Shortlands Residents Association, local parent representatives and ward councillors.  The collaborative group is also working in partnership with Bromley Council and its parks management contractor, idverde.

The information collected from the survey will shape design plans going forwards, with the aim of applying for grant funding to deliver the proposals, once they are agreed by the local community.  The consultation will also help to identify how the playground is currently used; what barriers to use currently exist and what improvements to the playground will benefit residents and visitors the most.

Councillor Aisha Cuthbert, Executive Councillor for Sustainability, Green Services and Open Spaces said, “There is real potential to improve this precious play area in Queensmead Recreation Ground and the support local people have already shown is impressive and a big thank you to the friends, interested parents and Shortlands RA for their work so far.  I would really encourage parents who use the recreation ground to respond to the consultation – this is the time to really help shape the future and your views are needed.”   

Jeff Royce, Chair of the Friends of Bromley Town Parks and Gardens said, “As well as responding to our survey, which will directly shape proposals, we would love to hear from you if you want to join our Friends Group.  Many of us care about our local park and by working together, we can help make sure that Queensmead Recreation Ground and the other Bromley Town parks help meet the needs of local residents.”

So far, £20,000 of funding from the council's Community Initiative Fund has been secured as match-funding towards the project, in addition to £200 from the Friends of Bromley Town Parks and Gardens, £500 from the Shortlands Residents Association and £500 from the Ravensbourne Valley Residents Association.  Local Winston's Coffee is also currently taking donations from the community when they make a purchase.

Anyone interested in having their say can complete the survey, which is available for six weeks, by the closing date of Monday 17 October 2022.

For further information about becoming a Friend of the Park, visit www.bromleytownparks.org.uk.

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Notes to editors: 

  • idverde manage and maintain Bromley Council’s parks and greenspaces, working for Bromley Council and in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including Friends of Parks groups.
  • The location of Queensmead Recreation Ground is off Glassmill Lane, Bromley, BR2 0EY
  • To find out more about the Friends of Bromley Town Parks and Gardens visit their Facebook page @friendsofbromleytownparks&gardens or visit www.bromleytownparks.org.uk
  • To find out more about the Shortlands Residents Association visit www.shortlandsra.org.uk

For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Head of Public Affairs, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk.

Published: 7th September 2022