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News Letter October 2012

It's been a long summer (summer?) and things have been quiet on the campaign front, not just with us but with the other groups too. Thames Water's Section 48 publicity comes to an end next week (5th October) and that isn't specifically relevant to us. That's because TW will apply to the Planning Inspectorate to use Chambers Wharf as the local site for constructing a huge tunnel shaft. We know KSG is the back-up site if anything goes wrong for them at Chambers Wharf (as Phil Stride has confirmed to us); but as things stand, they're not progressing anything related to KSG at present.
 
However if you want to make another representation, goto this link . If, as some of you might, you choose to make a representation about Chambers Wharf, please don't forget also to mention your absolute opposition to any use of KSG. We shall be making a brief representation to remind them that opposition to any plans for KSG is still very strong.
 
If early next year the Planning Inspectorate does grant TW permission to dig up Chambers Wharf, our KSG campaign will be able to rest somewhat - although we'll still keep a close eye on things because if any challenges to their use of Chambers Wharf are successful, or if anything else changes, we must make sure that KSG doesn't come back on their agenda. As I've said before, I personally support Southwark Council's stand that realistic alternatives are available to avoid digging a tunnel shaft in this borough altogether.
 
Now for the latest news about KSG.
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH II FIELD
The Deed of Dedication has been signed now, so we are a QEII Field. Jill, Simon, Rob and I have been liaising with the Council's Parks department to prepare applications for some funding opportunities that are now open to us. We're hoping to get funds for more planting especially of native species, extend the butterfly garden, replace the missing playground equipment (the seesaw that was stolen a couple of years ago) and install a stag beetle loggery and some bat boxes - the latter involving local children. We are also applying for funds to make wheelchair access to KSG easier from the Paradise Street entrance; and perhaps make the playground more disabled-friendly. Fingers crossed.
 
LOVE OUR FIELD!
Fields in Trust, the organisation behind the QEII Fields project, is currently running a "Love Your Field" competition. This is a great way to show your appreciation for your favourite QEII Field and put it in the running to win Most Loved Field at the Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony on 29th November at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
 
Wouldn't it be great if KSG could win this? And how could TW or any other developer ever get away with destroying the nation's, or London's, Most Loved Field? As far as I can tell, we're currently running second in the voting (but by a long way) to our friends at Barn Elms. It's early days yet, but please add your vote for KSG! It's easy: just go to http://www.qe2fields.com/, then enter either SE16 in the postcode box, or find Southwark in the drop-down local authority box, and click the orange search icon. Up will come KSG and the voting button. The deadline is 19th October - why not do it now?
 
ROYAL VISIT
Tuesday 13th November, 2:30 pm, is a must for your diary! That's when HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, is coming to KSG to unveil our QEII Field plaque and a super new inscription on the Jubilee Stone commemorating Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.
 
It will be fantastic to welcome His Royal Highness to KSG once more. Plans are afoot to make this a very special day, and it will of course give KSG a high media and public profile.

The reason it's planned for that date is that it's the 700th birthday of King Edward III, the Prince's namesake, the ruins of whose Manor House, as you all know, are next to KSG.
 
Our MP Simon Hughes and Amanda Squires of FoSP are the people who have driven this, so many thanks to them. We are working with Simon, FoSP and the Council's Events team to make all the necessary arrangements.
 
AGM IN NOVEMBER
Our next public meeting will also be in November - date and agenda to follow - and that is our AGM so I'm hoping we'll get a good turnout.