Being able to play outside is an important part of children’s development, helping young people understand nature as well as encouraging healthy levels of activity.
I was extremely disappointed to see that Wandsworth Council has rejected the petition to build a playground outside Nightingale Square Hostel. There are 113 children living in the temporary accommodation, and it is important that they have somewhere safe to play together.
I wrote to the council outlining my concerns with their decision. I highlighted that their objection to the potential noise disturbances that the playground might bring to local residents contradicts their suggestion that the area could instead be used to build.
Wandsworth Council have repeatedly failed to build a decent number of genuinely affordable homes over the past decade and must take steps to provide more across the borough. The space outside Nightingale Hostel is very limited, and I believe that a small playground really is the best use for the space.