A Dedicated Manager
A dedicated manager for Streatham Common and the Rookery.
Until SCCoop, Streatham Common didn't have one, unlike other large parks in the borough - the old parks manager, as hard and as dedicated as he works, looked after 20 parks! There's just enough time to keep up with the emergencies, but not much more. A dedicated manager just for Streatham Common and the Rookery can work from Streatham Common and be there every day. They can plan bigger projects and improvements and get these ready so when funding comes along, we're ready to act and make sure it comes to Streatham. The Manager could enable projects that currently we only dream of, there's only so much you can do with volunteers no matter how much they care.
More capital investment
A council paper released in 2013 showed the capital parks funding for Lambeth for 2011-15. It was great news, that there was some £16 million in total, raised from various sources being spent across the borough, but none for Streatham Common or the Rookery! We saw something was wrong here - the community wants it and is ready to work for it, and we know there is funding out there when you have someone to get it. In 2013, local volunteers have won a £60,000 Heritage Lottery Fund bid for the Rookery with an amazing £6,500 being raised locally which shows what we can do, but this is just small compared to the £5 million Brockwell Park got! The £60,000 from the lottery took so much time and effort, all from volunteers, that we can really see why a dedicated manager is needed if we want to do more. Since we started we have campaigned to get capital investment into Streatham Common and thanks to the efforts of ourselves and others, we have now secured £1,000,000 in funding to invest in the lower playground and yard area.
Projects that we can think of that could really benefit the area and are very popular are things like a new playground, doing something properly with the disused paddling pool, rebuilding or restoring the cafe to include visitor information and a community room for use out of hours, re-opening the changing rooms to encourage more sports on the common and remove an eyesore of the derelict building, provide facilities for older children - and much more things that will benefit the community at large. Plans have been drawn up over the years for just about all these things, however they just never seem to happen. Now we have secured the funding for the playground, we need to work with the council to make sure the money is spent on delivering a scheme that can benefit all the community, while meeting the council's objectives. We have also managed to turn a disused storage barn into a local micro-brewery business, providing more income for the Rookery.