Victory Community Park - 2nd consultation

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Closes 28 Oct 2020

Section 1 - questions

1. Design option 1

This design option retains and repairs the pedestrian bridge. It adds more seating and picnic tables. A new entrance on the corner of Balfour St and Victory Place is also created. A new path is created to the Nature garden within the park.

  • Lower fencing and better planting
  • More picnic benches and seating
  • Improve the world planting border with new plants, signs and nature improvements
  • Replace nature area fence with a hedge and open it to the public
  • Better equipment in the play area
  • Improve footpaths
  • Fix and re-open the bridge next to the ballcourt
  • Unfortunately the sunken ballcourt would remain inaccessible by some people with mobility-related disabilities
2. Design option 2

This design option removes the pedestrian bridge and creates a new walkway running alongside Munton Road but within the park.

The sloped bank and mural are replaced by seating. A new sloped path access would lead to the sunken ballcourt, however it won't be useable by some people with mobility-related disabilities.

A new path is created to the nature area and it is opened to the public.

  • Lower fencing and better planting
  • More picnic benches and seating
  • Improve the world planting border with new plants, signs and nature improvements
  • Better equipment in the play area
  • Remove the bridge
  • A new pathway, running alongside Munton Rd but within the park
3. Design option 3

In this design option the pedestrian bridge is removed and the sunken ballcourt is filled in to create a flat, level area across the whole park. People with mobility related disabilities would have access to all areas of the park. There would be a new open lawn at the centre of the park. A new entrance on the corner of Balfour Street and Victory Place would be created.

  • Lower fencing and better planting
  • More picnic benches and seating
  • Improve the world planting border with new plants, signs and nature improvements
  • Better equipment in the play area
  • The ballcourt would be replaced by a sports hub with a basketball half court, mini-football, table tennis and outdoor gym
  • Nature area improved with a new path and wildlife enhancements, and a new hedge around the edge of the park
4. What do you think about replacing the high fences with low railings, improving views in and out of the park for safety, and no longer locking the park at night?

Victory Park has been locked at dusk for the past 5 years, originally to address antisocial behaviour issues at the time. The fencing is unusually tall for a public park and in poor condition. Along with better located entrances, replacing with regular height fencing (about 1 metre high) would improve views into the park, encouraging more people to come in. Improving views looking out of the park would also make it feel safer. Almost all parks in Southwark are not locked at night and low fences are not intended for security so locking them becomes ineffective. Experience has shown that opening up views can reduce antisocial behaviour. Entrances with gates may also be difficult for some people with disabilities and this will be explored further during a Equalities Impact Assessment.

5. Please give any other comments on the designs or project you would like to make.