Udney Park update (1)

Since I last posted news about the private sale of Udney park to Mr Wu there has been some progress.

I have held informal meetings with Councillors Robin Brown and Julia Neden-Watts and Council Leader Gareth Roberts. I have been advised by Julia that LBRUT have been absolutely clear with Mr Wu’s representatives in respect of all of the planning constraints applicable to the site.

I am also in communication with Mr Wu’s architect, and he has confirmed this is most certainly the case and that he was left in no doubt about the planning obstacles, after his meeting with Julia and planning officers.

I have also been afforded the opportunity to meet with Mr Wu’s representatives on behalf of the Foundation. What I can also say there is a total commitment from Mr Wu that another residential development is not contemplated. Any sketch proposal placed before LBRUT or myself confirm this.

I have also emphasised in this meeting the importance of making the pavilion both watertight and secure, and ensuring that the boundaries are maintained.

On the more central issue of Mr Wu’s longer term proposal for the site – it is extremely early days and I believe that the engagement has to be allowed to continue so it can be shown whether or not Mr Wu’s proposals can align with community aspirations. I have to admit that I approached my meeting with Mr Wu’s representatives with a great deal of cynicism, but the dialogue was courteous, open and positive.  As the Foundation is the only fully funded CIC with a business plan I intend to continue developing proposals alongside Mr Wu’s representatives. Certainly the early indications are that a solution can be found, and so I appreciate everyone’s patience on all of this whilst discussions continue. I think it is vital that we do not have a repeat of the disconnect that occurred between Quantum and the community, and instead seek a way to get the fields back in to community use.

Other recent news

Foundation submit bid to Mr Wu and support in Parliament

Foundation submit bid to Mr Wu and support in Parliament

Posted on 6th Feb 2024

I have now attended two positive meetings with Mr Wu’s representatives, together with my fellow trustee, Philip Barnes. The most recent meeting was the week before last. An offer to purchase the fields has been submitted. More information has been requested. The Foundation is providing an executive summary as to why the land should be sold, in order that Mr Wu’s representatives can go back with to Mr Wu with a recommendation. This submission will go in this week.

The second meeting was also attended by our local MP, Munira Wilson, who made several robust statements in support of the bid. Munira left all attendees in no doubt as to her position. Her position has also been set out in Parliament on more than one occasion, most recently as link below.


Discussions on purchase of fields due to commence

Discussions on purchase of fields due to commence

Posted on 27th Sep 2023

The ACV for the sale for Udney Park playing fields was finally triggered on 15th September 2023, when the owners formally confirmed to LBRUT that they intended to sell the fields. A moratorium of six months now commences during which time the fields can only be sold to a Community Interest Company (CIC).

Foundation to submit bid AND receives a mention in parliament.

Foundation to submit bid AND receives a mention in parliament.

Posted on 14th Jul 2023

Confirmation of the sale of Udney Park playing fields was confirmed in the local press igniting hopes that the fields can be returned to community use https://teddingtontown.co.uk/2023/07/06/teddingtons-udney-park-playing-fields-back-on-the-market/

The Foundation have contacted the representatives of Mr Wu in order to put in motion an offer for the purchase of the playing fields. The site is designated as an ACV, and is currently under a moratorium which prevents the sale of the land to anyone other than a Community Interest Company (CIC) for a six month period.