Teddington Udney Park update: MP requests urgent meeting with Tory peer and AHH chairman over fields' future

Teddington MP Munira Wilson has requested an urgent meeting with Conservative peer Lord Fink over the future of Udney Park playing fields.

She is taking action after a resident-led bid for the site was rejected by the field's owners, Affordable Housing and Healthcare group (AHH), in favour of an alternative sporting bid.

Local councillors and campaigners fighting to save the fields from development slammed the decision and expressed their fears about the fields' future.

Now Wilson is calling on Lord Fink, also known as Baron Fink, to meet with her to discuss the fields' future.

Hedge-fund manager Lord Fink is the Chairman of AHH and one of the Conservative party's top donors.

He has been a life peer with the party since 2011 and was a significant backer of Boris Johnson's campaign for Mayor.

In 2015 Johnson said at Mayor's Question Time: “I note Udney Park was donated to St Mary’s Medical School by Lord Beaverbrook in 1937 specifically for use as rugby union pitches.

"It would be an absolute scandal and an outrage if that land was lost for that purpose. My general view is that you should keep green space in London and rugby pitches should be regarded as sacrosanct."

In her letter to Lord Fink, Wilson pointed out that AHH had not met or engaged with the bid's leader Jonathan Dunn despite the company's ethical goals.

"You state on AHH’s website that: “Investors benefit from good returns, wealth preservation and peace of mind that their capital delivers positive social and economic impact,"" she wrote.

"AHH’s stated aspirations display a progressive approach to communities and investing.

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