- Councillor ColemanBarnet Council
- Councillor MarshallBarnet Council
- Councillor SealeBarnet Council
- Councillor HarperBarnet Council
- Mike FreerMP for Finchley and Golders Green
Children's safety at risk in Lyttelton Playing Fields if Barnet's proposal gets go ahead.
Barnet Council is currently consulting on holding private events for up to 499 people in marquees in Lyttelton Playing Fields on weekends over the summer and in coming years.
Their proposal would allow lorries and vans to enter Lyttelton Playing Fields along the public footpath and to unload at a marquee construction site right next to the playground, puttting children's safety on the footpath and at the construction site at risk. A permanent car park for commercial vans and lorries built over green space in the park also forms part of the proposal.
In addition to risks to child safety, park users and residents would be effected by the impact of noise nuisance, a permanent loss of green space, traffic congestion and limited availability of parking in the surrounding streets. Local wildlife would be adversely affected by the light pollution implicit in the scheme.
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Details of Barent's proposal are available at http://engage.barnet.gov.uk/environment-and-operations/consultation_parkevents
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Your Events in Parks proposal to allow lorries and vans to enter Lyttelton Playing Fields along the public footpath and unload into a marquee construction site adjacent to the playground would put children's safety at risk. Park and public footpath users, residents in the surrounding streets, and local wildlife would also all suffer from the unacceptable negative environmental impact involved in these proposals.
Risks to Safety.
Footpath: Pedestrians, cyclists and scooterists, as well as dogs, would need to be hypervigilant of their safety on the footpath were vans and lorries to enter the park. The path would offer virtually no clearance and users would be forced to exit. The steep bank at the first bend in the path would pose added dangers. Over the last 5 years numerous child pedestrians in the UK have been injured, and sometimes killed, around very slow moving vehicles off the public highway (RoSPA). Marshalling the multitude of commerical vehicles required for each event, which in itself would logistically be a near impossible task, would not eliminate this risk to safety. Young children under four years old do not typically understand the concept of danger nor often heed warnings given to them and even with close adult supervision children can easily escape an adult's attention for a short time and get into difficulties (RoSPA). Children use the footpath leading from Kingsley Way throughout the day, including those going back and forth from Kerem School and Keren's nursery, and older children often use the path well into the night in the Summer months. The presence of large vehicles on the footpath and outside their playground would be both dangerous and intimidating for them.
Please note: Surrey County Council categorically rejected allowing a similar volume of traffic to travel on the footpath in Cobham Common in 2004, citing similar safety and environmental concerns. In Surrey's case, however, the lorries were not travelling and unloading next to a childrens playground in the high summer season, which would be undeniably worse.
Marquee Site: The location of the marquee construction site immediately next to the playground would pose an unnacceptable safety risk to children during unloading of vehicles and marquee construction. Even if fencing were to be placed around the site perimeter, children can often find their way onto such sites if they try hard enough (HM Principal Inspector of Construction). More than 600 child injuries have occurred on UK construction sites in the last 10 years (HSE).
Negative Environmental Impact.
Noise nuisance: The proposals would lead to a significant risk of noise nuisance to park users and residents in bordering properties, particulalrly from sound systems at events.
Damage and loss of green space: The permanent loss of green space to allow for a car park would be entirely inconsistent with Barnet's statutory duty to safeguard and enhance the Hampstead Garden Suburb conservation area.
Traffic congestion: Events for up to 499 people would cause traffic congestion and reduction of parking availability, which would greatly inconvenience local residents. In the event of a fire in the marquee, congestion outside the park entrance in Kingsley Way risks obstructing fire engines from entering the pedestrian entrance.
Local wildlife: The increased outdoor lighting and sound levels implicit in the proposal would introduce risks to the welfare of local wildlife. Many birds and animals are affected by stray light intruding into their night world, confusing their natural patterns, deterring them from established foraging areas, and causing premature breeding.
Freedom to enjoy the park: Vehicles on the footpath would limit parents' freedom to allow children to use the park freely, even under supervision. Dog owners' freedom to allow their dogs to run around without a leash would also be curtailed. Noise nuisance and air pollution would be an unwelcome by-product of having diesel engines from lorries, vans and a mobile electricity generator running in the park.
In short, this proposal suggests that local residents and park users should consider accepting an unequivocal increase in risk to children's safety, together with a negative environmental impact, for the overarching goal of funding Barnet's budget's deficit. It would be unethical to move forward with these proposals. Please abort this scheme for Lyttelton Playing Fields.
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