The All England Lawn Tennis Club has submitted planning permission to build a new 8,000 seater stadium, 38 more competition tennis courts and 10 additional buildings on part of Wimbledon Park.
AELTC’s plans would permanently concrete over a substantial amount of Metropolitan Open Land, cause up to eight years of disruption, and result in the loss of hundreds of mature trees.
When the Council sold the freehold of the Wimbledon Golf Club site to AELTC in 1993 they gave public assurances that they would never build on the land, backed up with a legally-enforceable covenant in the sale agreement.
Labour-run Merton Council has failed to give either a clear or direct answer to the question on whether the Council will enforce the covenant and hold the AELTC to its promise to not build on the land.
By pressing ahead with these plans in spite of the significant opposition of local residents, and in flagrant disregard of its historic promises not to build on the land, the AELTC is showing complete contempt for the people of Wimbledon.
We, the undersigned demand that Merton Council enforce the legal covenants agreed to by AELTC and call on both AELTC and Merton Council to keep their promises to the people of Wimbledon.