The Tennis Club have announced that the developer has decided not to build a nursery on the land, and wants it to be sold to the community instead! Find out more here.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
"It is fantastic that as a result of our local campaign the developer has backed off and decided to drop his plans to develop the Romany site. The Romany is a very special oasis in the heart of Wandsworth, which has been home to the Scouts and the local community for 52 years. To build a private nursery on the site would have destroyed what was special about the Romany. Once sold, it would have been gone forever.
“The Tennis Club have, up until now, ignored the local community in which they are based. It is good to see that as a campaign we have been able to reach the members and get their support for keeping the Romany as it is. Now it appears that development is out of the picture, I will be working closely with local campaigners to support the sale of the site to the local community – so the Romany can be preserved for years to come. Anything less is unacceptable.
“It is has been great to join the local community in coming together to save the Romany. From collecting over 3,000 signatures on the petition, to organising a public meeting, and lobbying members outside the Tennis Club; together with users of the site and local councillors – the future is looking bright for the Romany!"
More about Sadiq's involvement with the save the Romany campaign below.
Sadiq visited the Romany scout hut, Lyford Road, to meet with the scout leaders and local parents, to discuss how they could work together to save The Romany from developers.
Click here to read about the campaign and sign the petition.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“The Romany site is a real oasis in the middle of Wandsworth, used by families, local residents and of course the scouts! But once this oasis is lost to developers, there'll be no hope of getting it back. That is why it is so important that we make it clear to the developers and the owners that the local community are willing to fight to save the Romany tooth and nail.
“I am pleased the scout leaders and the play group have asked me, as the local MP, to get involved. By visiting the site I got to hear mums and dads' individual stories of what the site means to them and discuss a plan on how we can work together to save the Romany - just watch this space!”
Then in July, he joined campaigners at a public meeting held at Beatrix Potter School, as a member of the panel.
A few days later he joined campaigners outside Magdalen Tennis Club to lobby members - and urge them to stop the sale of the Romany to a developer.