Newington Pocket Parks

Closed 5 Mar 2023

Opened 1 Feb 2023


Tell us what you think about plans for 'pocket parks' - small areas for play and rest on some of our traffic-free streets.

We are proposing four new Pocket Parks in Newington that:

  • Encourage play and physical activity for young people
  • Provide a place to socialise, build stronger communities and enhance mental wellbeing
  • Create safe walking and cycling routes across Newington
  • Make our streets better adapted to climate change with rain-gardens to help with drainage, and more trees and greenery to improve air quality.

The locations below have been selected as they are on a key routes for young people on their journey to schools and parks across the Newington ward:

Map of the locations in Newington

  • Alberta Street (junction with Braganza Street)
  • Alberta Street (junction with Ambergate Street)
  • Amelia Street (junction with Penton Place)
  • Chapter Road (junction with Lorrimore Square)

Alberta Street junction with Braganza Street Alberta Street junction with Ambergate Street

Amelia Street proposal with flowerbeds Chapter Road design

We want to hear from you whether you think these designs achieve their aims, work for the local community, and what can we do to improve the designs.


These proposals have evolved from previous conversations Sustrans have had with local people during the Child-friendly Newington project. This was funded by Impact on Urban Health (part of the Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation) to help tackle childhood obesity through encouraging physical activity and play.

The Walworth Streetspace measures have also allowed us to re-prioritise the streets in Newington for these ‘pocket park’ proposals, and have created a network of safer and quieter streets for walking, cycling and accessing public transport.

What is a ‘pocket park’?

A small outdoor space in an urban area which aims to provide a place for people to gather, relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Project Timeline

  • Consultation: 1st February 2023 – 5 March 2023
  • Consultation analysis and updated designs: March – May 2023
  • Decision-making on scheme proposals: May 2023
  • Construction: Late 2023

Paper versions of the survey are available at Walworth Gardens and Walworth Library.


  • Newington


  • Anyone from any background


  • Communities
  • Community Safety
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Planning and Regeneration
  • Sport and Keeping Fit
  • Transport