|Goodmayes Park Extension|
Instead – in what some suspect could be a move to prove that the borough has too many pitches, thus justifying the highly lucrative flogging-off of Fairlop's 40-acre Oakfield playing field to bury it under 1,200 new homes – the council are again jumping the gun. Followers of this long-running saga will recall the failed attempt to push the Oakfield sale through in the summer at a special council meeting.
At the November council meeting, Councillor Dev Sharma claimed “overwhelming support” for the Goodmayes Extension plan. In fact the Council’s survey generated only142 responses. Another survey, by the Friends of Goodmayes Park, got 167 responses. Many of the responses did not support the plan, so the grand total of “overwhelming support” was a few hundred at most.
Wake up you southerners! In the north of the borough nearly 8,000 signed local and Parliamentary petitions to preserve the fantastic value provided by Oakfield. The council have treated these petitioners with the same contempt they have shown their own Playing Pitch Strategy review. It has not yet reported, yet they are presenting plans for the Goodmayes Park Extension as if they know what the needs are going to be over the next 15 years or so.
That is something Sport England and the sports' governing bodies are still struggling with and can’t report on until next year.
One rule for the south of the borough, and another for the north?
Chris Nutt & Phil Postings
Save Oakfield Society
Editor: The Save Oakfield Site campaign has now been incorporated as the Save Oakfield Society – with Trustees and over 4,800 members and growing rapidly.