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Local community groups have been actively campaigning about various issues connected with the Atkinson Morley's Hospital site since 1982. LUNG has been formed jointly by these groups to focus on protection of the 17 acres of open land and ensure that it remains a public green space for posterity. For information on the early days of the campaign, please see the Archive pages of this web-site.

What has happened since LUNG's first meeting?
At our initial public meeting in September 2002, we roughed out our plans as to what we wanted to achieve over the next 18 months.

One of our key challenges has been to raise local awareness of exactly what was being put in danger.  Many people in the locality knew of, and supported the retention of the MOL, but far fewer had real experience of its size, its diversity and its potential.  The second immediate challenge was to gather together a large group of volunteers who could work on the various aspects of the campaign that we needed to create.

As we are entering a significant new phase in the campaign, it is a good time to remind people of what has happened in the last nine months in order to achieve our objectives:
 

    Footpath campaign ongoing since Jul 2001
    Set up LUNG Sept/Oct 2002
    "Behind the scenes" campaigning ongoing since Sept 2002
    Family footpath walk Nov 2002
    Planning it for Real end Nov 2002
    Set up LUNG web-site Jan2003
    LUNG objects to NHS Trust's published proposals for the site ongoing since February 2003
    Formal meetings with St. George's NHS Trust ongoing since March 2003
    Set up Morley Park Trust Ltd Apr 2003
    Easter Event for children and families Apr 2003
    Victorian Fair Jun 2003
Business Plan for Morley Park Trust ongoing since February 2003
    Sweet chestnut trees ongoing since July 2003
    Revised planning application

December 2004 application

August 2005 amendments to December 2004 application

November 2004

December 2004

August 2005

    Letter from LUNG to Laguna Quays (07.05.07)

PROPOSED COMMENT ON LAGUNA QUAYS SCHEME

 Update setting out LUNG's point of view on Laguna Quays planning application May 2007

April/ May 2007l
    Public meeting on 26th September 2007, flyer circulated  l September 2007
    letter from Chairman of LUNG, providing details of how to respond to Laguna Quays revised proposals. October 2007

 Merton Council letter of 17 February 2009 in response to LUNG request for update on planning application.
Residents concerned about the potential health and safety hazards posed by the dilapidated state of various parts of the AMH site requested to write to Merton Council

February 2009
    LUNG Committee has met with both Berkeley Homes and the Council about the emerging plans for the Site and was consulted on temporary works to the footpath and proposed security arrangements. 2010
   


Reviewing Our Successes and Learning for the Future:

Our key successes have centred around two areas.  Through an incredible amount of hard work from a small number of individuals we have run some very successful activities and events.  These events, whether they have had a fun focus or a serious intent, have all contributed to raising people’s awareness of the potential of the site as a community resource and have shown that the local community will support and participate in these large scale events.

So many people we have met during these events have said “I have known about the site for years, but never realised just how beautiful and large the area is.”  We have begun the process now of making sure that it is not Wimbledon’s best kept secret! 

The other key success is that we have explored a variety of ways in which we have been able to give the local community its voice as to what could happen on the site.  The numbers of people involved has steadily increased too, over the nine months.  At the Footpath Protest the numbers were calculated in tens.  By the Family Walk and the Planning for Real, they were calculated in the hundreds, and by the time we got to the Victorian Fair we were reckoning in thousands!
 

Last updated:28-03-2012