Reopen Victoria Park

Reopen Victoria Park

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alistair cartwright started this petition to Mayor John Biggs

Closing east London's Victoria Park has denied local people of by far the biggest space for safe walking and exercising during the lock-down. Most people in the area have no gardens. The result of the closure is people walking and exercising in much more confined and dangerous spaces or getting no exercise at all. Victoria Park is the People’s Park, we demand that it be reopened immediately.

At 213 acres, the park is a hugely important space for people across east London. The decision to close it affects those in flats and multiple occupancy homes who have to share smaller living spaces particularly badly. 

Chris Worman, a government adviser in the Parks Action Group said: ‘Closing parks is the wrong thing to do. The problem is you actually disperse the people and move the problem elsewhere.’

Closing parks is counterproductive to stopping the spread of Coronavirus. Mayor John Biggs and the Metropolitan Police central east command should reopen it now. 

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