This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.
We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to Ban Cricket from Paddington Recreational Grounds. More details
Petition update from the council, 24 November 2016Dear Mr O’Brien,
Re: Response to Petition- Ban Cricket from Paddington Recreational Grounds
I am writing to you as lead petitioner in response to the petition received entitled ‘Ban Cricket from Paddington Recreational Grounds’. The petition has now closed for the collection of signatures and received 2 signatures in total.
I can appreciate your concerns regarding the use of the park for the use of cricket and the impact that this may have on other park users and I have considered the concerns raised in the petition with colleagues and the Cabinet Member for Sports and Leisure.
As you will be aware, the park is very popular and attracts a diverse range of visitors for a variety of activities and the demands from the various user groups can often compete. Council Officers work very closely with the appointed management contractor, park users and stakeholders to try to ensure that a suitable balance of activities is achieved in order to satisfy the varying demands of park users.
The demand for informal and formal cricket facilities is very high, particularly in the Summer months, which is largely due to the limited supply of facilities in Central London. Paddington Rec is also the only open space within the Council’s ownership which is able to offer cricket.
Unfortunately, due to the high levels of demand for cricket and the limited supply of facilities within Westminster, we are not able to ban cricket from the park. Officers will continue to work closely with the site management team to ensure an appropriate balance of activities and to minimise the impact of activity and event programmes on other park users where at all possible.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries regarding this matter.
Director of Community Services
More details from petition creator
Every summer the bulk of Paddington Recreational Ground is taken over by cricketers, severely impacting the use locals get from the grounds. There are several parks and areas with much larger outside spaces which could better facilitate this sport, so please join me in calling for this sport to be banned from our local park, and in turn giving it back to the community
Jason O' Brien, the petition creator, joined by: