Apologies for the late notice, but I only discovered this afternoon (through @KenParkFriends on Twitter) that the Oval SNT will be conducting a consultation from 5.30pm TONIGHT (Wednesday 13th October) about closing the Midnight path through Kennington Park at night. The midnight park connects Kennington residents in Lambeth with Kennington residents in Southwark and is a quick and useful cut through. It always looks well used to me, especially at weekends.
This evening, the police will ask anybody that walks through the park whether they use the path at night, whether they feel safe when using the path and if they don't feel safe, whether they would like the path to be closed at night.
Apparently, 21 robberies have taken place recently (may have been over the last year, but I missed that crucial piece of info), and 80% of them have taken place when the park has been closed, and the majority of people that have been robbed have been men.
This is just the start of the consultation, and residents on both the Brandon Estate and the other side of the park are due to be consulted on the matter. My view (since you asked) is that it's better not to use the path if you don't feel safe, and I'd argue against its closure. Feel free to go to the consultation this evening and make your own views known.
I wish I'd heard about this earlier, as it's of interest to local people. I still can't figure out where it's been publicised up to this point.
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