Stonebridge Adventure Playground campaigners reach their 1,000 signature petition target

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 October 2014

Campaigners took a coach to Brent Civic Centre

Campaigners took a coach to Brent Civic Centre


Campaigners fighting to save Stonebridge Adventure Playground from closure have reached their 1,000 signatures target for a protest petition in just two weeks.

Scores gathered outside Brent Civic Centre to issue the petition to the leader of the council Scores gathered outside Brent Civic Centre to issue the petition to the leader of the council

The play centre in Shakespeare Avenue, Stonebridge, faces being reduced to rubble to make way for homes and the expansion of a nearby school after 38 years of serving the community.

This week, a petition which urges Brent Council to withdraw the proposals was delivered to the civic Centre in Engineer’s Way, Wembley, by youngsters, their parents, past users of the adventure playground and other supporters of the Times-backed campaign.

The beloved centre, which was named the Best Community Organisation, at a community awards ceremony dubbed ‘Love where YUH live’ on Sunday, is managed by husband and wife team Douglas and Glynis Lee.

Both were awarded with an MBE for their services to the community just months after the centre won a survival fight caused by a funding crisis.

The centre opened in 1976 The centre opened in 1976

Mr Lee said: “This shows the huge and unprecedented support. If anyone in the current administration does not support this democratic demand from these children, they might as well resign and let someone else provide them with the justice they deserve.

Under current plans, the centre, run by Brent Play Association, will be demolished so Stonebridge Primary School can be expanded on the site alongside new homes.

A smaller unsupervised children’s play area and an altered open space will be offered as an alternative.

Since the supervised centre opened in 1976 it has seen more than 30,000 youngster go through its doors.

Boxer Audley Harrison is supporting calls to save the playground (Pic credit: Angela Blake) Boxer Audley Harrison is supporting calls to save the playground (Pic credit: Angela Blake)

Stonebridge resident Senait Kiflai, who has taken her four children aged 15, 14 nine and six, to the playground for the past seven years, told the Times it would be extremely “disappointing” if the play area were to close.

She continued: “It is good for my children; the love it. It gives them something to do after school and especially during the half terms, and allows me to drop them of their on days where I am too busy.”

Speaking outside the council offices, in Engineers Way, Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council said: “Credit to the campaigners. They raised the signatures in such a short space of time.

Adding that he intending on remain neutral in the matter, Tokyngton councillor added: “I appreciate the value the adventure playground brings to them but I have competing pressures and demands so I have to think about the whole borough as well.

“All they views and concerns will be taken into consideration.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Kilburn Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Kilburn Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Kilburn Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times’ readers this week.

The specialism of cardiology has been included in an Outpatient Transformation Programme set up by north-west London health commissioners (NWL CCGs).

Fri, 19:12

The owner of a ‘miracle’ cat who survived being impaled on eight foot metal railings in Neasden has spoken of her relief that her moggy is alive.

Thu, 17:19

Detectives are appealing for information following an attempted aggravated robbery at Dollis Hill underground station where a teenager was attacked.

Police were called to a protest at a troubled primary school in Harlesden where the head has announced retirement plans after allegations of “bullying and harassment” towards staff.

Thu, 07:00

Traders on a 1920s shopping parade facing demolition in Dollis Hill have been told they have only a few weeks until they are forced to close.

Wed, 17:05

Police swooped on eight addresses in Harlesden early this morning in a dawn drugs raid.


The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now