Westminster Labour Councillors have written to the Head Master of Westminster School, Patrick Derham OBE, to ask if the School would consider opening up its 13 acre Vincent Square playing fields to local residents during this exceptional time of the coronavirus quarantine.
Councillor Andrea Mann, Shadow Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, and nearby resident, has written;
“With so many Pimlico residents and families lacking gardens to exercise in – and with such limited green public space for them to do so – we ask Westminster School to do the right thing by its local community, and open up its Vincent Square playing fields to the general public during this time.
There is no version of Paddington Recreation Ground in south Westminster – local residents have to travel to the Royal Parks or Battersea Park to find the equivalent sort of space to exercise in.
Thousands of residents in flats close to Vincent Square – such as Grosvenor Estate, Milbank Estate and Lillington Gardens, and in Hide Tower, which overlooks the empty greenery – have no gardens in which to exercise; hundreds of young families have no gardens for their children play in.
And yet a 13-acre square of green space is sitting there empty and unused in the heart of south Westminster right now. This feels simply wrong.
Exercise is key to our physical and mental health – no more so than during this time of lockdown, when we are only permitted to go outdoors to do so once a day.
So, we call on Westminster School to help their local community during this difficult time: to open up their expansive and underused Vincent Square playing fields, and make them accessible for everyone.”