Cressingham Gardens Estate vista must be preserved

CressinghamBPCP has asked Lambeth to preserve the vista to and from the Park at Cressingham Gardens Estate. Below is an extract of a letter sent to Lambeth and outlines our position.

The Cressingham Gardens estate occupies a sensitive position on the highest point of the western border of Brockwell Park, which is a Grade 2 listed park and has become part of the park’s skyline. The low rise buildings and their orientation ensure that this skyline is not dominated by buildings and offers a gentle and aesthetically pleasing view of that edge of the Park. The current building line ensures the observer is not so aware of the pressures of nearby urban development, something which park users greatly appreciate. In addition, the views of the park, as you approach its western boundary from Tulse Hill through the Cressingham Gate is open and inviting and gives an uninterrupted vista towards the ponds and the Walled Garden.

We are most concerned that these features of the boundary should be preserved and that the view from the park should not be compromised by high-rise buildings or by orientating buildings parallel with the boundary. Buildings should not be above the tree line and that the open nature of the approach from Tulse Hill should also be protected.

This is our official policy and will form the basis of our response to any formal planning consultation, however, we were anxious that the views of the Brockwell Park stakeholders (who comprise the greater part of our membership) should be known to officers before plans for the estate are finalised.

The Thomas Lynn Bristowe Memorial Lecture – 7.30pm Saturday 6th June at Brockwell Hall

bristowe_bust_120603_02BPCP and the Herne Hill Society is proud to present the first Thomas Lynn Bristowe Memorial Lecture – at 7.30pm on Saturday 6th June at Brockwell Hall.

Bristowe, MP for Norwood, put Brockwell Park into public ownership in 1892, inspiring countless lives ever since, but tragically he died at the Park’s opening ceremony on 6th June that year.

The theme of the memorial lecture is The Making of South London by historian Len Reilly and is free and open to all local residents. Refreshments can be purchased from the cafe.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


Surge in crime at Brockwell Park

downloadThe Metropolitan Police has notified of an increase in criminal activity in Brockwell Park.

  • There was a serious sexual assault in the park on the 13th of May between 2150 and 2200 which is being investigated by experienced Detectives from the Met’s Sexual offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command. (0208 721 4128). The suspects are described as in their 20’s, both white and left via the Lido gate. This was a horrible incident. However, the Police would like to re-assure park users that this is an isolated incident.
  • In addition there have been several instances of criminal damage amounting to tens of thousands of pounds: multiple windows damaged at Brockwell Hall in a series of incidents, damaged windows in the greenhouse, bins set on fire, notice boards set on fire. According to local fire officers, there has been an increase in this style of criminal damage, so Brockwell is not alone.
  • However ….YOU CAN HELP. If you see it happening; please, please phone 999 there and then. This will be the most effective was of us catching the suspects. Please encourage other to do the same. You can also contact Herne Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0208 649 2008 or
  • You can also email to Brockwell Park Parkwatch so that we can log in the incident.

Vandalism mars Brockwell Park bank holiday

We regret to report that Brockwell Park was once again the target of vandalism across the Bank Holiday weekend.

GreenhouseOn May Day we received reports of further smashed windows at the Community Greenhouses.

Nine window panes have been smashed to date by rocks being thrown deliberately over the Greenhouses fence.


CEASbYmWYAAcUlJ IMG_1279The following day saw the Rosendale shelter facility vandalised.

An alert park user photographed three children, alleged to have caused the damage to the shelter, exiting the scene.

Later in the weekend a fire was lit in the ladies toilets by Brockwell Hall, which was stopped from spreading by alert contractors. Three panes of glass in the men’s toilets were smashed and there has also been excessive damage to park noticeboards.

All of this follows arson at the tennis court shelter and vandalism to the shelter between Norwood Road and Herne Hill earlier in the year.

If you have any information on these incidents, please report to the police.

If you see anti social behaviour in the Park, you can:

  • Phone the Police. 101 for non-emergency situations; 999 for emergencies
  • Phone Lambeth Council on 020 7926 4000
  • Email Brockwell Park Watch at

Please make a note of the date, time and description of any suspicious activity but do not intervene directly.

Brockwell Park honours war hero

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs part of the First World War centenary, the Borough is installing memorial plaques dedicated to Lambeth citizens who won the Victoria Cross in the First World War.

The most recent plaque was unveiled on 21st April and commemorates 2nd Lieutenant Benjamin Geary who was born in Lambeth and who lived on the Norwood Road. The plaque is sited by Brockwell Park’s Herne Hill Gate in a spot where it can be seen from the road but is protected from foot and vehicle traffic.

Benjamin Geary survived the First World War and moved to Canada afterwards. He also served in the Second World War.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe plaque was unveiled by two members of his family; the citation was read by General Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff. An honour guard represented several regiments.

The ceremony was also attended by Lambeth’s Mayor.