Sale of Chase Lodge playing fields in Mill Hill raises questions for residents

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RESIDENTS living near a large sports ground recently sold to a community trust fear an increase in its use will bring huge amounts of traffic to the area.

In December Camden Council agreed to sell the Chase Lodge Playing Fields in Mill Hill to a local community fund who say they want to hold up to 70 sessions a week on the fields.

The Camden Community Football and Sports Association (CCFSA) bought the site for £700,000 and is looking into regenerating the 16-acre ground in Page Street.

However, landlord Mike Connolly, who owns a groundsman's cottage on the site, said he fears the planned increase in use will damage the property's value.

He said: “We have been told absolutely nothing about this planned sale. From what I understand they intend to intensify the use of the fields, which will bring in more traffic and noise.

“At the moment it's quite quiet there, but this has to have a detrimental impact on the property values. They seem to think they can go through this without the need to ask local people.”

Parent Anne-Marie O'Leary, whose home overlooks the site in Pursley Road, also expressed concerns about an increase in traffic and the future of local football teams that play there.

She told the Times Series: “If they are going to start using the fields a lot more then it will obviously bring more traffic which won't be good for us.

“My sons also play for Pinnacle FC and they train there in the summer and play there at weekends. We haven't been told about this, so will they be able to use the pitches still?

“I think it will be good if they are more looked after as things are quite run down there at the moment.”

The site does not officially transfer to CCFSA, which has been supported by the Marathon Trust in the purchase, until April 1.

Diane Culligan, the chairman of the charity, said there is no need to worry about the future of the pitches.

She said: “It's a community playing field so we want to improve what's there at the moment with things like girl playing football and children with special needs being able to use it as well.

“We're going to reconfigure the pitches and potentially put junior pitches in.

“Local teams will be able to use the pitches it's just a community organisation has got together to try and run them better.”

She added there would also be work to renovate run-down changing rooms and to fix broken tennis courts at the site.

Camden Council is set to use the cash from the sale of the site to regenerate a nursery and play scheme.

Councillor Flick Rea, who is in charge of culture for Camden, said: "We're delighted that the land at Chase Lodge will be run and owned by a Camden community group, dedicated to promoting sport in north London.

“Its future now looks secure and should provide a great base for our own local teams who formerly were homeless."

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6:34pm Mon 15 Mar 10

Grumblepop says...

A big round of applause, even bigger applause for Councillor Flick Rea,
a Lib Dem at that, doing more for her community and Barnet's citizens than Barnet's ruling Council would do.
Barnet would have sold it by now for High Rise Property Development for a Section 106.
There's more likely to be a huge increase in traffic and deman for local school places when the Mill Hill East development takes off.
A big round of applause, even bigger applause for Councillor Flick Rea, a Lib Dem at that, doing more for her community and Barnet's citizens than Barnet's ruling Council would do. Barnet would have sold it by now for High Rise Property Development for a Section 106. There's more likely to be a huge increase in traffic and deman for local school places when the Mill Hill East development takes off. Grumblepop
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12:18am Tue 16 Mar 10

Mr Reasonable says...

A communtiy group has managed to access £700,000 of charitable funding to improve a run down 16 acre playing field site and all people can do is moan! We should be praising CCFSA for taking this run down site and doing it up for the whole community. And as for Mr Connolly, what do you expect if you buy the groundsmans cottage on a 16 acre playing field site - possibly kids playing football? Perhaps he thought the owners would plough it up and plant daffodils? Instead of maoning we should be asking CCFSA if then can do up more redundant sites in Barnet.
A communtiy group has managed to access £700,000 of charitable funding to improve a run down 16 acre playing field site and all people can do is moan! We should be praising CCFSA for taking this run down site and doing it up for the whole community. And as for Mr Connolly, what do you expect if you buy the groundsmans cottage on a 16 acre playing field site - possibly kids playing football? Perhaps he thought the owners would plough it up and plant daffodils? Instead of maoning we should be asking CCFSA if then can do up more redundant sites in Barnet. Mr Reasonable
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9:59am Tue 16 Mar 10

Jon10 says...

Some of us are campaigning to reopen the railway line across Copthall, so traffic would not be a problem! The line would connect from Mill Hill East to Colindale tube station and Brent Cross and beyond.

Barnet doesn't seem willing to protect the public interest. The playing fields at the Peel Centre - which could be open to the public - are to be concreted over for flats in Barnet's latest plans for Colindale.
Some of us are campaigning to reopen the railway line across Copthall, so traffic would not be a problem! The line would connect from Mill Hill East to Colindale tube station and Brent Cross and beyond. Barnet doesn't seem willing to protect the public interest. The playing fields at the Peel Centre - which could be open to the public - are to be concreted over for flats in Barnet's latest plans for Colindale. Jon10
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12:11am Wed 17 Mar 10

Mr Public says...

I live opposite the site and the traffic in the area is very bad. I agree with Mr Connoly that there should have been some sort of consultation. I'm astonished at the lack of information about all this. I have not heard of the ccsfa but surely someone could have informed the local residents about what is going on. Do we not matter any more? What plans have these people got? I heard something about a huge development? Is this true? WHERE IS THE CONSULATATION and why are local residents finding out about this a few weeks from it all happening? Where are the local councillors? What are they doing?
I live opposite the site and the traffic in the area is very bad. I agree with Mr Connoly that there should have been some sort of consultation. I'm astonished at the lack of information about all this. I have not heard of the ccsfa but surely someone could have informed the local residents about what is going on. Do we not matter any more? What plans have these people got? I heard something about a huge development? Is this true? WHERE IS THE CONSULATATION and why are local residents finding out about this a few weeks from it all happening? Where are the local councillors? What are they doing? Mr Public
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3:18am Fri 19 Mar 10

Grumblepop says...

Mr Public read the comments preceding yours. The article and the comments are in English. 'A Landlord Mike Connolly who owns a cottage on playing fields'. Please check if the Foxes are being evicted. You ask, " Where are the local councillors? What are they doing? Simple answer, hiding secrets from you over deals to further CONCRETE over the area from your backyard, Mill Hill East, Colindale and Brent Cross/Cricklewood. I do hope you will be attending the Mill Hill East Consultation.
I'm astonished that you have not suggested, closing down Copthall School and Pursley Road Primary to ease the traffic in the morning rush hour.
Mr Public read the comments preceding yours. The article and the comments are in English. 'A Landlord Mike Connolly who owns a cottage on playing fields'. Please check if the Foxes are being evicted. You ask, " Where are the local councillors? What are they doing? Simple answer, hiding secrets from you over deals to further CONCRETE over the area from your backyard, Mill Hill East, Colindale and Brent Cross/Cricklewood. I do hope you will be attending the Mill Hill East Consultation. I'm astonished that you have not suggested, closing down Copthall School and Pursley Road Primary to ease the traffic in the morning rush hour. Grumblepop
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