Merton councillors last night threw out their own planning officers’ proposal to make permanent the summer car park extension at the Revelstoke Road entrance to the park. The decision is the vindication of a long campaign by FOWP and widespread opposition among local residents.

The proposal involved adding 52 new parking spaces, speed humps and a mini roundabout. As you may have seen reported in the local press, members of the planning committee deferred making a decision last month because they were concerned about damage to the park, which is Grade II* listed. They were highly critical of the proposal and sent officers back to do more work on it.

The revised proposal came before the committee again last night, but left the committee unimpressed. Conservative councillor David Dean said it was “bunkum” and flouted Merton’s own strategy on protecting green space and encouraging sustainable transport. The committee voted six votes to three to refuse planning permission.

Jill Hopper spoke against the proposal on behalf of FOWP – you can read the text of her speech here. Iain Simpson, chair of Wimbledon Park Residents’ Association, also spoke against it. Sim Comfort of Wimbledon Park Heritage Group spoke in favour.

You can watch a webcast of the meeting by visiting www.merton.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

A huge thank you to the hundreds of people who supported our campaign. We couldn’t have done it without you.