Summary of successful tactics employed to save green space from development:
from the LFGN meeting of 20th July, 2015.
The Chair summed up what seemed to be the effective campaign tactics:
• Mass leafleting
• Petitions (paper and online)
• Door to door (make contact with local people)
• Photos and walks to mobilise people
• Lobby politicians
• Get local press involved (they usually like a picture – including people – submitted with the story)
• Ensure best policies are in place: Metropolitan Open Land (only Mayor of London can overrule), Community Asset is new designation (eg for land) but needs council support – enables a group to buy site at market value, Registration as ‘Town Green’ (editor’s note: though this is voluntary if the land is local authority; however just the application raises awareness). Fields in Trust covenants (2500+ green spaces so far protected) (editor’s note: some local authorities will not do these as it prevents them from disposing of the land later). Note: Allotments have green space and are a statutory requirement for boroughs.
• Geological analysis could be delaying tactic (editor’s note: not for schools as their funding will easily overcome the worst landfill)
• Involve other groups to support campaign
• Direct action to occupy / protect site
3.12 Note: Covenants can make a difference. However, the existence of a covenant at Dundonald in Merton was over-ridden.