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Mountsfield cafeThe Friends of Mountsfield Park met last week to discuss the progress of the planned container cafe and the community garden.

The meeting was well attended by local residents and park users, largely parents with young children concerned about the quality of the play equipment (under the published plans existing play equipment will be repaired and re-painted but not replaced). Also present were dog walkers and people concerned that any new cafe should be sensitive to local groups need for community meeting space.

Brindishe Green School on Beacon Road was also represented; it is hoped that this and other local schools will become keen stakeholders, making great use of the new community garden as a growing and learning space.

The Council project management team were represented by Senior project planner Sandra Plummer. Planning notices about the Cafe will shortly be going up at the Stainton Road park entrance.
The cafe application this can be found on the Lewisham website under the Planning section using reference: DC/14/87135. The deadline for comments is 19 May 2014, however initially do contact Project manager Sandra Plummeras she will be answer questions in detail without slowing the process.
A decision about planning consent is should be received by early June.

Posters displaying news about the project will be put up at the park cafe and at noticeboards within the park.

Contact the Project Management Team:

Contact the Friends Group:


NOTE:  If you might be interested in applying to run the new park  cafe,  dont wait for it to be built- now would be a good time to start thinking about the offer you can put together, especially if you’re intending it to be community led enterprise.

Text from the Ladywelll Fields Cafe Tender. The Mountsfield Park Cafe may well be similar. 

“Offers invited from local applicants interested in taking a 6 year lease on the cafe at Ladywell Fields, Ladywell Road, SE13 7UW for the development of a small cafe with ancillary use. Bidders will be required to demonstrate their funding ability to complete and manage the facility as well as their commitment to promote a healthy lifestyle for all park users”