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First phase of latest Thamesmead redevelopment gets under way

PUBLISHED: 13:58 03 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:30 03 November 2015

Peabody interim executive director Pauline Ford cutting the ribbon with Thamesmead residents and Peabody group staff

Peabody interim executive director Pauline Ford cutting the ribbon with Thamesmead residents and Peabody group staff

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More than 100 residents attend new park's opening

Families in Thamesmead now have a new park and play area to visit in their local area.

The area, which offers views of Southmere Lake, is situated off Hartslock Drive, Yarnton Way.

Named Southmere Square, the development marks the launch of the first phase of the Lesnes to Crossness Path project, with more than 100 local people attending the park’s opening.

The project is part of the Mayor of London’s Big Green Fund, investing £2million into six areas across London.

Deputy-mayor for environment and energy, Matthew Pencharz said: “The Fund does fantastic work to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of local people by sprucing up and creating more green spaces in urban areas.”

As part of the Lesnes to Crossness Path project, developers are aiming to create a new green corridor in the area.

Mr Pencharz continued: “I am thrilled that this scheme will provide environmental benefits while complementing the wider regeneration and renewal of Thamesmead and opening up a brand new community space.”

Thamesmead currently boasts more than double the average amount of green space per person in London, 150 hectares.

The project is also part of the Peabody Group’s Neighbourhood Improvements programme, an organisation owning housing, community investment and development land in Thamesmead.

Peabody’s Interim executive director for Thamesmead, Pauline Ford, said: “It feels fantastic to officially open the Lesnes to Crossness Big Green fund project.

“This area has undergone a major transformation with the path forming part of Peabody’s commitment to regenerate Thamesmead and improve and enhance the green open spaces.

“We hope residents will enjoy the beautiful park, play area and seating, which offers stunning views across Southmere Lake and spending time here with their friends and family.”

The second phase of the path is due to start in 2016.

Once complete it will provide a picturesque route connecting Southmere Square with Alsike Road.

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