Mountsfield Park Water Logging, Sports Pitches, Events and Natural Drainage

Mountsfield Park sports pitch waterlogged and with accumulated surface water February 2020

Mountsfield Park sports pitch waterlogged and with accumulated surface water from rainfall (February 2020)

Much of Mountsfield Park has been waterlogged again this winter 2019/2020 which seems to be a frequent annual occurrence. The Stainton Road football pitches have been out of use for months due to the wet ground conditions, which is not great for Dynamo Youth Football Club and other football clubs that come and use the ground. This has been highlighted in the Lewisham Council Playing Pitch Strategy Document and Action Plan which describes the football pitches as “Used by Dynamo Youth heavily and the site currently has poor drainage and significant water logging leading to game cancellations… Poor ancillary facilities on site with subpar toilets and changing rooms.” Unfortunately the document does not highlight the reasons for the poor condition of the pitches and that the football pitches have not been properly maintained during the last 20 years and are used as a car park for the Lewisham People’s Day, which causes soil compaction and in turn makes the existing underground herringbone drainage system ineffective. The soil is clay which needs regular maintenance so that it is to remain permeable for the herringbone drainage to work in winter. The current use of the Mountsfield football pitches is uncontrolled, there are no parks managers or supervisors routinely working at the weekend controlling the use of the football pitches, which makes the situation worse. Routine year round maintenance (eg slit tine aeration), stopping vehicles from accessing the football pitches and controlled use at the weekend would improve the situation for Dynamo Youth and other football teams that use the facility. One of the key actions in the report is to “Support the club in their aspirations to knock down and rebuild a new ancillary facility on site that will include changing rooms and amenities such as a Café.” Not sure if this is an error in the report as there is no existing onsite facility unless the suggestion is to rebuild Stainton Lodge as a sports facility with changing rooms?

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Mountsfield Park – Change to Park Keeper Service

It’s Jon Hooker’s last day tomorrow, Mon 30th March, as our park keeper. We haven’t been offered a full time replacement but have been offered the Manor House Gardens park keeper 2 days per week on Monday and Friday.

Glendale/ Lewisham Proposed Mountsfield Park park keeper rota 2015

Glendale/ Lewisham Proposed Mountsfield Park and Manor House Garden  park keeper rota from the beginning of April 2015

We think that we definitely need a full time park keeper at Mountsfield Park for all sorts of reasons, but would like to hear from park users what they think?

Lewisham Council Proceed With Mountsfield Park Improvements Despite BDP Managed Scheme up to 50% Over Budget

Mountsfield Park Cafe - completion 2014

Mountsfield Park Cafe – completion 2014

Lewisham Council to proceed with Mountsfield Park improvements despite the Building Design Partnership (BDP) managed scheme up to 50% over budget and having designed a cafe building that contractors weren’t prepared to build ! Lewisham Council Officers explained last night that the proposed cafe building would be dropped from the scheme because of budget shortfall and BDP would deliver a community garden and play area improvements this year.  35 Catford, Rushey Green and Hither Green residents, Cllrs Klier, Jeffrey and Walsh  attended the meeting. Martin Hyde from Lewisham Council’s parks department Greenscene and Lewisham’s Gavin Plaskitt said that they were fully committed to delivering the park cafe during phase 2 of the Mountsfield Park improvements and would help Friends of Mountsfield Park (F0MP) fund raise for the new building. Lewisham Council also said that they will offer the cafe operator a long lease (20 years or more) at a low rent to encourage additional investment in the park building. The Council also agreed that the budget for the community garden area would not exceed £70,000 and that any remaining budget would be spent on improving the existing toilets and cafe eg additional outdoor seating.