Victoria Park, Finchley - Play Consultation

Consultation has concluded

Overview

Barnet has a great collection of parks and open spaces and these are an important part of what makes Barnet a green and family friendly borough. This consultation is asking for your views on the play facilities in Victoria Park which is in Church End, Finchley (close to Finchley Central and West Finchley tube stations).

Background

The council sold The Lodge in Victoria Park in 2015 and it is a requirement that any funds raised from the sale will only be spent on Victoria Park. The council, along with Groundwork London, developed a Master Plan for the park, which was agreed and adopted by the Council as Trustee of Victoria Park Trust in early 2019.

The Master Plan has been informed by feedback through the public consultation carried out in 2018 which identified the activities local residents wanted prioritised in the Master Plan. The number one priority for local residents was “New playground facilities” £200,000 has been identified in the Master Plan to make changes to the two Play Facilities.

What are we seeking your views on?

The play facilities proposed for the Play Area near Long Lane. This is designed to be an older children’s play area.

The play facilities proposed for the Play Area near the Café. This is designed to be a toddler and younger children’s play area.

  • Please complete questionnaires below.
  • The council will also have two pop up events in the park, so you can look at the proposals for the two play areas. Council staff will be on hand to discuss the plans and answer any questions you may have. The dates and locations of these pop up events are: Play Area near the Café, Tuesday 16/4/19 11am to 3pm and Play Area near Long Lane 18/4/19 11am to 3pm

To request a questionnaire in an alternative format, please email parks@barnet.gov.uk or telephone 020 8359 7404.

Alternatively, you can write to us at: parks@barnet.gov.uk or Greenspaces, London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP.

Overview

Barnet has a great collection of parks and open spaces and these are an important part of what makes Barnet a green and family friendly borough. This consultation is asking for your views on the play facilities in Victoria Park which is in Church End, Finchley (close to Finchley Central and West Finchley tube stations).

Background

The council sold The Lodge in Victoria Park in 2015 and it is a requirement that any funds raised from the sale will only be spent on Victoria Park. The council, along with Groundwork London, developed a Master Plan for the park, which was agreed and adopted by the Council as Trustee of Victoria Park Trust in early 2019.

The Master Plan has been informed by feedback through the public consultation carried out in 2018 which identified the activities local residents wanted prioritised in the Master Plan. The number one priority for local residents was “New playground facilities” £200,000 has been identified in the Master Plan to make changes to the two Play Facilities.

What are we seeking your views on?

The play facilities proposed for the Play Area near Long Lane. This is designed to be an older children’s play area.

The play facilities proposed for the Play Area near the Café. This is designed to be a toddler and younger children’s play area.

  • Please complete questionnaires below.
  • The council will also have two pop up events in the park, so you can look at the proposals for the two play areas. Council staff will be on hand to discuss the plans and answer any questions you may have. The dates and locations of these pop up events are: Play Area near the Café, Tuesday 16/4/19 11am to 3pm and Play Area near Long Lane 18/4/19 11am to 3pm

To request a questionnaire in an alternative format, please email parks@barnet.gov.uk or telephone 020 8359 7404.

Alternatively, you can write to us at: parks@barnet.gov.uk or Greenspaces, London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP.

Consultation has concluded
  • We asked, you said, we did

    3 months ago

    We Asked

    We asked you to comment on the proposals for the play equipment at the play area near the café and the play area near Long Lane.

    You Said

    We received 64 responses to the survey for the play area near the café, and 54 responses for the play area near Long Lane. We also spoke to people at the two pop up events. The comments received for the play area near the cafe included; could the existing roundabout be reused? Could there be a 2nd trampoline?, more cradle seats are needed and more seating...

    We Asked

    We asked you to comment on the proposals for the play equipment at the play area near the café and the play area near Long Lane.

    You Said

    We received 64 responses to the survey for the play area near the café, and 54 responses for the play area near Long Lane. We also spoke to people at the two pop up events. The comments received for the play area near the cafe included; could the existing roundabout be reused? Could there be a 2nd trampoline?, more cradle seats are needed and more seating for adults. For the play area near Long Lane comments included; where has the basketball gone, more climbing/motor skills enhancing is needed and more challenge needed for older children.

    We Did

    We reviewed our maintenance records for the roundabout in the play area near the café, to see if this could be reused, but due to wear and tear it will not be possible to reuse this piece of equipment. The seating for adults in the play areas will be installed once the new playgrounds are in place. A new multi use games area will be built later this year on one of the existing tennis courts, this will be marked and have hoops for basketball and football.

    The outcomes of the consultations were passed to the play provider, who produced revised proposals. The revised proposals do not include a 2nd trampoline as there is insufficient space in the playground. The council has reviewed the revised proposals and these have been agreed. The order has been placed for the new playgrounds and it is planned that work will commence after the school summer holidays, firstly on the playground near the café.