With the start of this major redevelopment postponed to next Spring, we can confirm that Ward Councillors led by Cllr Peter Freeman continue to drive hard for the best possible solution to the problems of demolition and removal of spoil. Working closely with the developers, local stakeholders and our planning and transportation department at City Hall, we believe we have found an alternative route to access the site from Finchley Road that will avoid Queens Grove and reduce any temporary loss of residential parking. We will report back as soon as details are confirmed.
We are also thrilled to learn from the developers that our suggestion of a £100,000 Section 106 donation to our highly valued St John's Wood Adventure Playground has now been agreed, meaning that the future of this wonderful local community resource can now be assured. We have supported the Playground with our Ward Budget considerably this year but were always concerned about long-term viability; so this announcement is great news.