Members of Battersea Labour Party were joined on Saturday by Ken Livingstone and Sadiq Khan in expressing their disgust at Wandsworth Conservative Council’s plans to charge children £2.50 to use the adventure playground in Battersea Park.
Ken said ‘Boris Johnson’s Tory friends in Wandsworth have shocked Londoners by planning to charge parents £2.50 per child to use a playground.The man behind the pay to play plan, Wandsworth Council Leader Edward Lister, has just been appointed by Boris Johnson as his Chief of Staff at City Hall which gives a clear indication of the Tory Mayor’s priorities. We need a fairer London. We need Labour values that put the majority first, not a Mayor who only represents a few.’
With support from the Women of Wandsworth (WOW Mums), Wandsworth’s Labour Councillors and actress Prunella Scales, the campaign collected over 500 signatures from concerned parents at the Play-in . With 400 collected last weekend and the 880 online signatures there is plenty of public support for the campaign. If the Conservatives get their way, the pilot charge will be introduced in October.
You can sign the online petition against the chargeshere: http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/committ/mgePetitionlistDisplay.aspx